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Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
by Neil Postman
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Is Science Multicultural?: Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies (Race, Health, and Social Care)
Is Science Multicultural?: Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies (Race, Health, and Social Care)
by Sandra Harding
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Sandra Harding explores what practitioners of European/American, feminist, and postcolonial science and technology studies can learn from each other. She discusses the array of postcolonial science studies that have flourished over the last three decades... (read more)

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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
by James Gleick
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A revelatory exploration of the hottest trend in technology and the dramatic impact it will have on the economy, science, and society at large. Which paint color is most likely to tell you that a used car is in good shape? How can officials identify the... (read more)

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The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
by Nicholas Carr
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A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought... (read more)

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Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
by Leslie Valiant
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From a leading computer scientist, a unifying theory that will revolutionize our understanding of how life evolves and learns. How does life prosper in a complex and erratic world? While we know that nature follows patterns—such as the law of... (read more)

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Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture
Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture
by Erez Aiden
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“One of the most exciting developments from the world of ideas in decades, presented with panache by two frighteningly brilliant, endearingly unpretentious, and endlessly creative young scientists.” – Steven Pinker, author of The Better... (read more)

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Science in Action : How To Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society (87 Edition)
Science in Action : How To Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society (87 Edition)
by Bruno Latour
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Science and technology have immense authority and influence in our society, yet their working remains little understood. The conventional perception of science in Western societies has been modified in recent years by the work of philosophers... (read more)

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Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships
Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships
by Robert Weiss
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Closer Together, Further Apart offers current unique insight into the cultural shifts brought about by digital technology and the Internet. It considers how these new connections are impacting not only society as a whole, but more specifically... (read more)

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Science, Culture, and Society
Science, Culture, and Society
by Mark Erickson
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What is science? Science, Culture and Society tackles this difficult question. We used to be quite certain about science, and science used to be quite certain about the world: it was the form of knowledge and set of practical activities that would allow... (read more)

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The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us about Being Alive
The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us about Being Alive
by Brian Christian
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Each year, the AI community convenes to administer the famous (and famously controversial) Turing test, pitting sophisticated software programs against humans to determine if a computer can “think.” The machine that most often fools the... (read more)

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Technology Human Becoming (Facets)
Technology Human Becoming (Facets)
by Philip Hefner
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From a leader in the field of religion and science come these reflections on the role of technology in human life and culture. Technology, he argues, tells us much about ourselves--especially our innate drive toward exploration of possibilities--and... (read more)

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A Chance to Win: An Ex-Con, a Little League Team, and the Quest to Redeem an American City
A Chance to Win: An Ex-Con, a Little League Team, and the Quest to Redeem an American City
by Jonathan Schuppe
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When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newarks rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93 mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the... (read more)

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Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life
Metacreation: Art and Artificial Life
by Mitchell Whitelaw
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andlt;Pandgt;Artificial life, or a-life, is an interdisciplinary science focused on artificial systems that mimic the properties of living systems. In the 1990s, new media artists began appropriating and adapting the techniques of a-life science to... (read more)

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Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies
Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies
by Ben Shneiderman
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Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web
Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web
by David Weinberger
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In this insightful social commentary, David Weinberger goes beyond misdirected hype to reveal what is truly revolutionary about the Web. Just as Marshall McLuhan forever altered our view of broadcast media, Weinberger shows that the Web is transforming... (read more)

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The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Thin
The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Thin
by Peter Miller
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What ants, bees, fish, and smart swarms can teach us about communication, organization, and decision-making The modern world may be obsessed with speed and productivity, but twenty-first-century humans actually have much to learn from the ancient... (read more)

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High Tech/High Touch: Technology and Our Search for Meaning
High Tech/High Touch: Technology and Our Search for Meaning
by John Naisbitt
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First introducing the concept of high tech/high touch in his bestselling "Megatrends", Naisbitt now sharpens his focus on the one great megatrend of the new millennium: the impact of technology--genetic technology being the most influential of all--on... (read more)

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Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob
Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob
by Lee Siegel
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From the author hailed by the New York Times Book Review for his "drive-by brilliance" and dubbed by the New York Times Magazine as "one of the country's most eloquent and acid-tongued critics" comes a ruthless challenge to the conventional wisdom about... (read more)

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Cybersociety: Computer-Mediated Communication & Community
Cybersociety: Computer-Mediated Communication & Community
by Steven G Jones
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The culture of computer and network- mediated communication is growing both in size and sophistication. Cyberspace is the new frontier where new worlds, meanings and values are developed. CyberSociety focuses on the construction, maintenance and... (read more)

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Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World
by Leslie Valiant
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