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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
by Martin Ford
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A New York Times Science Bestseller What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? We might imagine—and hope—that todays industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more... (read more)

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The Fourth Turning
The Fourth Turning
by William Strauss
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You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Vintage)
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (Vintage)
by Jaron Lanier
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Proceed carefully. Reading this book is like biting into a jalapeño jelly bean that you thought was pear flavored. Startling, eye-opening, and a bit unnerving, Lanier's manifesto could be the key to preserving autonomy as increased technological... (read more)

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The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom
The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom
by David Brin
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A respected futurist advances an argument sure to cause debate—in a wired world, the best way to preserve our freedom will be to give up our privacy.... (read more)

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The Fabulous Future?: America and the World in 2040
The Fabulous Future?: America and the World in 2040
by Morton Schapiro
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Will the future be one of economic expansion, greater tolerance, liberating inventions, and longer, happier lives? Or do we face economic stagnation, declining quality of life, and a techno­logically enhanced totalitarianism worse than any yet seen?... (read more)

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Who Owns the Future?
Who Owns the Future?
by Jaron Lanier
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A scientist well known for his virtual reality research, Jaron Lanier is one of the most influential people of these times. In his new book, he peers into the ways network technologies are concentrating wealth while reducing overall growth, threatening... (read more)

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Beyond Civilization : Humanity's Next Great Adventure (99 Edition)
Beyond Civilization : Humanity's Next Great Adventure (99 Edition)
by Daniel Quinn
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From Part One: Closing In on the Problem I heard this, naturally, from my grandfather, he from his grandfather, he from his own grandfather, and so on, back many hundreds of years. That means this tale is very old. But it won't disappear, because I offer... (read more)

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The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't
by Nate Silver
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"Nate Silver'sand#160;The Signal and the Noiseand#160;is The Soul of a New Machine for the 21st century." and#151;Rachel Maddow, author ofand#160;Drift Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008... (read more)

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Pedagogy of the Heart
Pedagogy of the Heart
by Paulo Freire
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This book represents some of the last writings by Paulo Freire, who has been acclaimed one of the most important educators of the twentieth century. Pedagogy of the Heart is filled with Freire's reminiscences of his early life and meditations &quot... (read more)

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Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology (Digital Humanities)
Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology (Digital Humanities)
by Kevin (edt) Kee
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In the field of history, the Web and other technologies have become important tools in research and teaching of the past. Yet the use of these tools is limited—many historians and history educators have resisted adopting them because they fail... (read more)

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Empathic Civilization (10 Edition)
Empathic Civilization (10 Edition)
by Rifkin
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In the Brief Second Edition, the authors maintain the breadth, elegant design, and pedagogical tools of the full edition--all at a price students can afford.... (read more)

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Who Owns the Future?
Who Owns the Future?
by Jaron Lanier
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Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the worldand#8217;s most brilliant thinkers. andlt;I andgt;Who Owns the Future?andlt;/Iandgt; is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age: the poisonous... (read more)

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Mind Set!: Eleven Ways To Change the Way You See--and Create--the Future (06 Edition)
Mind Set!: Eleven Ways To Change the Way You See--and Create--the Future (06 Edition)
by John Naisbitt
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“John Naisbitts bestseller Megatrends was published with astonishingly precise predictions. He did not go wrong with a single one.” Financial... (read more)

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Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential
Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential
by Barbara Marx Hubbard
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A Seminal Work of Visionary Hope, Updated for the 21st Century In this era of government gridlock, economic and ecological devastation, and seemingly intractable global violence, our future is ever more ripe for and#8212; and in need of and#8212; fresh... (read more)

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Ecotechnic Future (09 Edition)
Ecotechnic Future (09 Edition)
by Greer
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In the territory of Zadaa, Saint Dane's influence has fueled the fire of discontent between two warring tribes: the Rokador and the Batu. This is also the territory where the Traveler Loor lives as a member of the Batu. Together she and Bobby must work... (read more)

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Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnological Revolution
Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnological Revolution
by Francis Fukuyama
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A decade after his now-famous pronouncement of “the end of history,” Francis Fukuyama argues that as a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition... (read more)

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Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
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The New York Times bestselling "manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world's most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom" (The Wall Street Journal). Since the... (read more)

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Rescuing All Our Futures: The Future of Futures Studies (Praeger Studies on the 21st Century)
Rescuing All Our Futures: The Future of Futures Studies (Praeger Studies on the 21st Century)
by Ziauddin Sardar
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Arguing that the future is being colonized by Western visions of technological supremacy and futures studies has become an instrument in that colonization, the editor begins with a critique of futures studies, particularly its implications for the non-... (read more)

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The Spiritual Imperative: Sex, Age, and Caste Move the Future
The Spiritual Imperative: Sex, Age, and Caste Move the Future
by Lawrence H. Taub
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Copernicus and Galileo's sun-centered model of the solar system gave us our view of space. Newton and Einstein's mechanical and electromagnetic models of the universe gave us our view of nature. Can the human condition be captured with a similarly... (read more)

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Prophecies of Doom and Scenarios of Progress: Herman Kahn, Julian Simon, and the Prospective Imagination
Prophecies of Doom and Scenarios of Progress: Herman Kahn, Julian Simon, and the Prospective Imagination
by Paul Dragos Aligica
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This book focuses on the alternative paradigm, the pro-growth intellectual tradition that rejected the prophecies of doom and called for realism and pragmatism in dealing with the challenge of the future. Paul Dragos Aligica reconstructs... (read more)

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