Technology and Social Change
How We Got to Now
Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
Paperback ISBN: 1594633932
"From the New York Times-bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes-from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species-to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe. "--
You Are Not a Gadget
Paperback ISBN: 0307389979
A computer-age visionary argues that the Internet has failed to live up to its early promises, sharing cautionary perspectives on the Web 2.0 design concept favored by such sites as Facebook and Wikipedia while optimistically evaluating the Internet as a positive cultural vehicle. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Where Good Ideas Come From
The Natural History of Innovation
Paperback ISBN: 1594485380
A "dynamic" (Los Angeles Times) new understanding of one of life's key questions-from the New York Times bestselling author. This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity." It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs.
Technology at the Limits of Comprehension
Hardcover ISBN: 1591847761
A complexity scientist describes how our computer and technological systems have become too complex and interconnected for humans to fully understand or predict how they will function anymore and argues for a new framework that will make them simpler.
Dawn of the New Everything
Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
Paperback ISBN: 1250097401
Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, & Vox The father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology Bridging the gap between tech mania and the experience of being inside the human body, Dawn of the New Everything is a look at what it means to be human at a moment of unprecedented technological possibility. Through a fascinating look back over his life in technology, Jaron Lanier, an interdisciplinary scientist and father of the term “virtual reality,
Physics of the Future
How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Paperback ISBN: 0307473333
The Science Channel host and author of Physics of the Impossible outlines a provocative vision of the role of science in daily life at the beginning of the next century, describing such technologies as mind-controlled computers, sensor-based health care and laser-propulsion spaceships. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Where Good Ideas Come from
The Natural History of Innovation
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1594487715
From a coral reef teeming with life to the instant success of YouTube, the author explores what kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas, identifying the seven key principles for generating great notions. By the author of Everything Bad Is Good for You.
The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Paperback ISBN: 0679745408
A social critic argues that the United States has become a "technopoly"--a system that sacrifices social institutions for self-perpetuating technological advancement--and suggests ways to use technical skills to enhance our democracy
Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
Hardcover ISBN: 0525428089
An expert tech writer discusses the forces and trends—including flowing, screening, accessing, sharing, filtering, remixing, tracking and questioning—that will revolutionize our daily lives through the upcoming technological advances of the next 30 years. By the author of What Technology Wants. Tour.