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Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and...
by , Kenneth Cukier

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English

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257

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March 05, 2013

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<div><p>A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large.<BR><BR>Which paint color is most likely to tell you that a used car is in good shape? How can officials identify the most dangerous New York City manholes before they explode? And how did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak?<br /><BR>The key to answering these questions, and many more, is big data. “Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. This emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form, and uses our increasing computing power to unearth epiphanies that we never could have seen before. A revolution on par with the Internet or perhaps even the printing press, big data will change the way we think about business, health, politics, education, and innovation in the years to come. It also poses fresh threats, from the inevitable end of privacy as we know it to the prospect of being penalized for things we haven’t even done yet, based on big data’s ability to predict our future behavior.<BR><BR>In this brilliantly clear, often surprising work, two leading experts explain what big data is, how it will change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. <I>Big Data </I>is the first big book about the next big thing. <br /><BR><BR></DIV>
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time ...
by , Andrew McAfee

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English

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320

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January 20, 2014

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller.</strong> A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, <em>New York Times</em>) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives.</p><br />In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human <em>Jeopardy!</em> players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.<br /><p>In <em>The Second Machine Age</em> MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.</p><br /><p>Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar.</p><br /><p>Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.</p><br /><p>A fundamentally optimistic book, <em>The Second Machine Age</em> alters how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.</p>
Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact
by Steven Kotler

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English

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308

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May 12, 2015

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<p><i>New York Times</i>, <i>Wired</i>, <i>Atlantic Monthly</i>, <i>Discover</i> bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact…and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, updated and expanded upon, to guide readers on a mind-bending tour of the far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives. From the ways science and technology are fundamentally altering our bodies and our world (the world’s first bionic soldier, the future of evolution) to those explosive collisions between science and culture (life extension and bioweapons), we’re crossing moral and ethical lines we’ve never faced before.</p><p>As Kotler writes, “Life is tricky sport—and that's the emotional core of this story, the real reason we can’t put Pandora back in the box. When you strip everything else away, technology is nothing more than the promise of an easier tomorrow. It’s the promise of hope. And how do you stop hope?”</p><p>Join Kotler in this fascinating exploration of our incredible next: a deep dive into those future technologies happening now—and what it means to be a part of this brave new world.</p>
The Definitive Guide to DaVinci Resolve 14: Editing, Color and Au...
by Paul Saccone

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English

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500

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December 01, 2017

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DaVinci Resolve 14 is the most advanced editing, color correction, and audio post production solution for feature films, television shows and commercials. Its revolutionary workflow lets you<br />switch between tasks with a single click, so you don’t have to learn multiple applications or translate projects between different software<br />programs. <br /><br />This official step-by-step training guide covers the basics of editing, color correction and audio so you can start creating your own Hollywood caliber film and video today!<br /><br />What You’ll Learn:<br />• How to setup projects, import media and use metadata to speed up your work.<br />• Marking selections, editing clips in the timeline, and context sensitive trimming.<br />• Working with titles, adding effects, and animating with keyframes.<br />• How to retime clips, add transitions, stabilize shots and animate photos.<br />• Primary and secondary corrections using Resolve’s legendary color tools.<br />• How to match shots, use color management, create looks, grade multiple clips.<br />• How to use PowerWindows, track objects in a shot, use curves and add ResolveFX.<br />• Audio sweetening and mixing using the new Fairlight audio tools.<br />• How to deliver projects to a variety of formats.<br />• Dozens of tips and tricks throughout the book that will transform how you work!<br /><br />Who This Book is For<br />This book is designed for both beginners and professionals. Beginners will find clear<br />and concise lessons to get you up and running quickly. If you’re a professional<br />switching from another system, you’ll find lessons that cover everything from<br />keyboard mapping to detailed editing and trimming, along with dozens of pro tips<br />and tricks that will help you make the switch to DaVinci Resolve!<br /><br />Download DaVinci Resolve 14 software for free at:<br />blackmagicdesign.com
Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligen...
by Joseph E. Aoun

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English

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216

Publication Date

August 18, 2017

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<DIV><P>Driverless cars are hitting the road, powered by artificial intelligence. Robots can climb stairs, open doors, win <I>Jeopardy</I>, analyze stocks, work in factories, find parking spaces, advise oncologists. In the past, automation was considered a threat to low-skilled labor. Now, many high-skilled functions, including interpreting medical images, doing legal research, and analyzing data, are within the skill sets of machines. How can higher education prepare students for their professional lives when professions themselves are disappearing? In <I>Robot-Proof,</I> Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes a way to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover -- to fill needs in society that even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence agent cannot.</P><P>A "robot-proof" education, Aoun argues, is not concerned solely with topping up students' minds with high-octane facts. Rather, it calibrates them with a creative mindset and the mental elasticity to invent, discover, or create something valuable to society -- a scientific proof, a hip-hop recording, a web comic, a cure for cancer. Aoun lays out the framework for a new discipline, humanics, which builds on our innate strengths and prepares students to compete in a labor market in which smart machines work alongside human professionals. The new literacies of Aoun's humanics are <I>data literacy</I>, <I>technological literacy,</I> and <I>human literacy</I>. Students will need data literacy to manage the flow of big data, and technological literacy to know how their machines work, but human literacy -- the humanities, communication, and design -- to function as a human being. Life-long learning opportunities will support their ability to adapt to change.</P><P>The only certainty about the future is change. Higher education based on the new literacies of humanics can equip students for living and working through change.</P></DIV>
The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers
by Elizabeth Cobbs

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English

Pages

400

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April 06, 2017

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In 1918 the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France to help win World War I. Elizabeth Cobbs reveals the challenges these patriotic young women faced in a war zone where male soldiers resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. Back on the home front, they fought the army for veterans’ benefits and medals, and won.
The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe

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English

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369

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May 16, 2004

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<p><b>From "America's nerviest journalist" (<i>Newsweek</i>)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>)</b><br /><b></b><br />Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers, that made <i>The Right Stuff </i>a classic.</p>
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
by Janine M. Benyus

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English

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324

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July 28, 2009

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<p><strong>This profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems.</strong></p><p>If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of evolution’s 3.8 billion years of R&D since the first bacteria. Biomimics study nature’s best ideas: photosynthesis, brain power, and shells – and adapt them for human use. They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world. </p><p>Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon. She takes us into the lab and out in the field with cutting-edge researchers as they stir vats of proteins to unleash their computing power; analyse how electrons zipping around a leaf cell convert sunlight into fuel in trillionths of a second; discover miracle drugs by watching what chimps eat when they’re sick; study the hardy prairie as a model for low-maintenance agriculture; and more.</p>
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Gener...
by Blake J. Harris

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English

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587

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May 13, 2014

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 12pt"><strong>A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, Slate, Publishers Weekly, Goodreads</strong></p><p>Following the success of <em>The Accidental Billionaires</em> and <em>Moneyball</em> comes <em>Console Wars</em>—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.</p><p>In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about videogames and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo.</p><p>The battle was vicious, relentless, and highly profitable, eventually sparking a global corporate war that would be fought on several fronts: from living rooms and schoolyards to boardrooms and Congress. It was a once-in-a-lifetime, no-holds-barred conflict that pitted brother against brother, kid against adult, Sonic against Mario, and the US against Japan.</p><p>Based on over two hundred interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, <em>Console Wars</em> is the underdog tale of how Kalinske miraculously turned an industry punchline into a market leader. It’s the story of how a humble family man, with an extraordinary imagination and a gift for turning problems into competitive advantages, inspired a team of underdogs to slay a giant and, as a result, birth a $60 billion dollar industry.</p>
Wizard: The Life And Times Of Nikola Tesla (Citadel Press Book)
by Marc Seifer

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English

Pages

580

Publication Date

May 01, 1998

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“The story of one of the most prolific, independent, and iconoclastic inventors of this century . . . fascinating.”--<i>Scientific American</i><br /><br />Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla’s creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.<br /><br />This essential biography is illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs, including the July 20, 1931, <i>Time</i> magazine cover for an issue celebrating the inventor’s career.<br /><br />“A deep and comprehensive biography of a great engineer of early electrical science--likely to become the definitive biography. Highly recommended.”--American Association for the Advancement of Science<br /><br />“Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age.” --<i>Publishers Weekly</i> Starred Review<br /><br /> “[Wizard] brings the many complex facets of [Tesla's] personal and technical life together in to a cohesive whole....I highly recommend this biography of a great technologist.” --A.A. Mullin, U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, COMPUTING REVIEWS<br /><br /> “[Along with A Beautiful Mind] one of the five best biographies written on the brilliantly disturbed.”--WALL STREET JOURNAL<br /><br /> “Wizard is a compelling tale presenting a teeming, vivid world of science, technology, culture and human lives.”--NEW SCIENTIST<br /><br /> “Marc Seifer is an excellent writer and scholar, who has produced a wonderfully readable and illuminating biography of one of the most intriguing men of this century...mak[ing] us understand not only the man, but also the times in which he lived....[A] masterpiece.”--NELSON DEMILLE<br /><br /> “The author presents much new material...[and] bases his book on a large number of archival and primary sources....Underneath the layers of hero worship, the core of Seifer's book is a serious piece of scholarship.” --Ronald Kline, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN<br /><br /> “Seifer has done a remarkable job going through all the Tesla manuscripts...ferret[ing] out hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles in which he traces out Tesla's public image [and] offers a reasonable reconstruction of Tesla's emotional world...Seifer has significantly advanced our understanding of Tesla.”--Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age, for ISIS<br /><br /> “It is my opinion that Dr. Seifer leads the world as the most authoritative of all the Tesla researchers.”--J.W. McGINNIS, President, International Tesla Society<br /><br /> “Far and away the best job among Tesla biographies.”--Jeffrey D. Kooistra, INFINITE ENERGY<br /><br /> “Wizard is...utterly absorbing with chapters charting all stages of Tesla's life...Seifer treats his prodigious subject with sympathy and realism.”--NEXUS<br /><br /> “Wizard...presents a much more accurate...picture of Tesla.... [It] is thorough, informative, entertaining and a valuable addition to electrotechnological history, past and future.”--ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TIMES<br /><br /> “In modern times, Tesla may be enjoying a comeback thanks to books like Wizard.”--THE NEW YORK TIMES

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