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The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World
by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips

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English

Pages

223

Publication Date

February 01, 2020

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<p><b>An insightful exploration of what social media, AI, robot technology, and the digital world are doing to our relationships with each other and with ourselves.</b></p><p>There’s no doubt that technology has made it easier to communicate. It’s also easier to shut someone out when we are confronted with online discourse. Why bother to understand strangers—or even acquaintances—when you can troll them, block them, or just click “Unfriend” and never look back? However briefly satisfying that might be, it’s also potentially eroding one of our most human traits: empathy.</p><p>So what does the future look like when something so vital to a peaceful, healthy, and productive society is fading away? The cautionary, yet hopeful, answer is in this champion for an endangered emotion.</p><p>In <i>The Future of Feeling</i>, Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips shares her own personal stories as well as those of doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, and scientists about moving innovation and technology forward without succumbing to isolation. This book is for anyone interested in how our brains work, how they’re subtly being rewired to work differently, and what that ultimately means for us as humans.</p>
Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
by Anna Wiener

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English

Pages

279

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<p><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"A definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come." --Jia Tolentino, author of <i>Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editors' Choice and a January 2020 IndieNext Pick. </b><b>An Amazon Best Book of January. </b><b>One of <i>Vogue</i>'s 22 Books to Read This Winter, <i>The Washington Post</i>'s 10 Books to Read in January, ELLE's 12 Best Books to Read in 2020, <i>The New York Times</i>'s 12 Books to Read in January, <i>Esquire</i>'s 15 Best Winter Books, <i>Paste</i>'s 10 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2020, and <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>'s 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020. </b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital age</b></p><p>In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener—stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, <i>progress</i>.</p><p>Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. </p><p>Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.</p><p>Unsparing and incisive, <i>Uncanny Valley</i> is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.</p>
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
by Jenny Odell

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English

Pages

241

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<b>"A complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto."—Jonah Engel Bromwich, <i>The New York Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br /><b>One of President Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of 2019"</b><br /><br /><b><i>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Time </i>• <i>The New Yorker</i> <b>•</b> <i>NPR</i> • <i>GQ </i>• <i>Elle </i>• <i>Vulture </i>• <i>Fortune </i>• <i>Boing Boing</i> • <i>The Irish Times</i> • The New York Public Library <b>• The Brooklyn Public Library</b><br /></b><br /><b>Porchlight's Personal Development & Human Behavior Book of the Year</b><br /><br />Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. <br /><br />So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind’s role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. <br /><br />Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, <i>How to do Nothing</i> is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.
The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption...
by Gene Kim

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<b><i>The Phoenix Project</i> wowed over a half-million readers. Now comes <i>The Unicorn Project</i>!</b><br /><br /><b>"<i>The Unicorn Project</i> is amazing, and I loved it 100 times more than <i>The Phoenix Project</i>..."</b>--FERNANDO CORNAGO, Senior Director Platform Engineering, Adidas<br /><br /><b>"Gene Kim does a masterful job of showing how ... the efforts of many create lasting business advantages for all."</b>--DR. STEVEN SPEAR, author of <i>The High-Velocity Edge</i>, Sr. Lecturer at MIT, and principal of HVE LLC.<br /><br /><b>"<i>The Unicorn Project</i> is so clever, so good, so crazy enlightening!"</b>--CORNELIA DAVIS, Vice President Of Technology at Pivotal Software, Inc., Author of <i>Cloud Native Patterns</i><br /><br />This highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling title <i>The Phoenix Project</i> takes another look at Parts Unlimited, this time from the perspective of software development.<br /><br />In <i>The Unicorn Project</i>, we follow Maxine, a senior lead developer and architect, as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project, to the horror of her friends and colleagues, as punishment for contributing to a payroll outage. She tries to survive in what feels like a heartless and uncaring bureaucracy and to work within a system where no one can get anything done without endless committees, paperwork, and approvals.<br /><br />One day, she is approached by a ragtag bunch of misfits who say they want to overthrow the existing order, to liberate developers, to bring joy back to technology work, and to enable the business to win in a time of digital disruption. To her surprise, she finds herself drawn ever further into this movement, eventually becoming one of the leaders of the Rebellion, which puts her in the crosshairs of some familiar and very dangerous enemies.<br /><br />The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms--this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty...and opportunity.<br /><br /><b>"<i>The Unicorn Project</i> provides insanely useful insights on how to improve your technology business."</b>--DOMINICA DEGRANDIS, author of <i>Making Work Visible</i> and Director of Digital Transformation at Tasktop<br /><br />------<br /><br />"My goal in writing <i>The Unicorn Project</i> was to explore and reveal the necessary but invisible structures required to make developers (and all engineers) productive, and reveal the devastating effects of technical debt and complexity. I hope this book can create common ground for technology and business leaders to leave the past behind, and co-create a better future together."--Gene Kim, November 2019
Red Team Development and Operations: A practical guide
by , James Tubberville

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English

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Publication Date

January 24, 2020

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A great deal of time and money is spent on protecting critical digital assets. Many organizations focus their security testing on compliance or limited scope reviews of a system. These limited tests often leave an organization with a false sense of security. Organizations that open themselves to an assessment of not only their technology but of their people and processes can significantly improve their security posture and adjust its limited security budget and resources to protect the most critical assets. Scenario-based testing and Red Team techniques can be used to determine how an organization really stands up to a realistic and determined threat.Red Teaming is the process of using Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) to emulate a real-world threat with the goals of training and measuring the effectiveness of the people, processes, and technology used to defend an environment.This book is the culmination of years of experience in the information technology and cybersecurity field. Components of this book have existed as rough notes, ideas, informal and formal processes developed and adopted by the authors as they led and executed red team engagements over many years. The concepts described in this book have been used to successfully plan, deliver, and perform professional red team engagements of all sizes and complexities. Some of these concepts were loosely documented and integrated into red team management processes, and much was kept as tribal knowledge. One of the first formal attempts to capture this information was the SANS SEC564 Red Team Operation and Threat Emulation course. This first effort was an attempt to document these ideas in a format usable by others. The authors have moved beyond SANS training and use this book to detail red team operations in a practical guide.The authors’ goal is to provide practical guidance to aid in the management and execution of professional red teams. The term ‘Red Team’ is often confused in the cybersecurity space. The terms roots are based on military concepts that have slowly made their way into the commercial space. Numerous interpretations directly affect the scope and quality of today’s security engagements. This confusion has created unnecessary difficulty as organizations attempt to measure threats from the results of quality security assessments. You quickly understand the complexity of red teaming by performing a quick google search for the definition, or better yet, search through the numerous interpretations and opinions posted by security professionals on Twitter. This book was written to provide a practical solution to address this confusion.The Red Team concept requires a unique approach different from other security tests. It relies heavily on well-defined TTPs critical to the successful simulation of realistic threat and adversary techniques. Proper Red Team results are much more than just a list of flaws identified during other security tests. They provide a deeper understanding of how an organization would perform against an actual threat and determine where a security operation’s strengths and weaknesses exist.Whether you support a defensive or offensive role in security, understanding how Red Teams can be used to improve defenses is extremely valuable. Organizations spend a great deal of time and money on the security of their systems. It is critical to have professionals who understand the threat and can effectively and efficiently operate their tools and techniques safely and professionally. This book will provide you with the real-world guidance needed to manage and operate a professional Red Team, conduct quality engagements, understand the role a Red Team plays in security operations. You will explore Red Team concepts in-depth, gain an understanding of the fundamentals of threat emulation, and understand tools needed you reinforce your organization’s security posture.
The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a...
by T.R. Reid

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The world’s brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young Americans. Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce hit upon the stunning discovery that would make possible the silicon microchip, a work that would ultimately earn Kilby the Nobel Prize for physics in 2000. In this completely revised and updated edition of <b>The Chip</b>, T.R. Reid tells the gripping adventure story of their invention and of its growth into a global information industry. This is the story of how the digital age began.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future ...
by Shoshana Zuboff

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English

Pages

705

Publication Date

January 15, 2019

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<strong>The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.</strong><br /><br />In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth.<br />Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification."<br />The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit--at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future.<br />With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future--if we let it.
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Lis...
by Donald Miller

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> best-selling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach listeners how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.</strong></p><p>Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching listeners the seven universal story points all humans respond to, the real reason customers make purchases, how to simplify a brand message so people understand it, and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.</p><p>Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.</p><p>X</p>
Master Builder Roblox: The Essential Guide
by Triumph Books

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English

Pages

129

Publication Date

July 15, 2017

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Driven by smart leadership and the constant evolution of computing hardware and software, Roblox has seen a surge in users over the past year. The company has shrewdly positioned itself as a powerful and flexible sandbox game, one which allows users to not only create their own structures, environments, and games, but also encourages them to come together socially and interact collectively. Roblox even gives kids a way to make real money on their creations!Master Builder Roblox: The Essential Guide provides users an exciting jumpstart into the fascinating, dynamic world of Roblox, and helps guide kids towards a fun and fulfilling experience. Main topics include an introduction to the world, a tour of the coolest and most popular games within the game, a quick-start guide on how to build, and an overview of the Roblox Studio Tabs--the toolbox for developing content in the game. Along with the essential content to help beginners dive into Roblox like pros, dozens of full-color gameplay photos will help readers navigate the grand world of Roblox and get them mastering and creating their own Roblox games in no time!
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Mo...
by Andy Greenberg

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English

Pages

331

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>“Immensely readable…A hair-raising, cautionary tale about the burgeoning, post-Stuxnet world of state-sponsored hackers.”<br /> —<b><i>Washington Post</i></b><br /></b><br /><b>From <i>Wired </i>senior writer Andy Greenberg comes the true story of the most devastating cyberattack in history and the desperate hunt to identify and track the elite Russian agents behind it</b><br /><br />In 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world's largest businesses—from drug manufacturers to software developers to shipping companies. At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damage—the largest, most destructive cyberattack the world had ever seen.<br /><br />The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: a group known as Sandworm. Working in the service of Russia's military intelligence agency, they represent a persistent, highly skilled force, one whose talents are matched by their willingness to launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike.<br /><br />A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, <i>Sandworm</i> considers the danger this force poses to our national security and stability. As the Kremlin's role in foreign government manipulation comes into greater focus, <i>Sandworm</i> exposes the realities not just of Russia's global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. It reveals how the lines between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur—with world-shaking implications.

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