History and Writing
The End of the World As We Know It
Paperback ISBN: 0143118048
Critically examines the influence of Google on today's dynamic media landscape, profiling company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin while offering insight into their lucrative business processes and assessing the internal and external threats that may inhibit the company's future prospects. Reprint. A best-selling book.
The Most Human Human
What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive
Paperback ISBN: 0307476707
The Most Human Human is a provocative, exuberant, and profound exploration of the ways in which computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human. Its starting point is the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against people to determine if computers can “think.” Named for computer pioneer Alan Turing, the Turing Test convenes a panel of judges who pose questions—ranging anywhere from celebrity gossip to moral conundrums—to hidden contestants in an attempt to discern which is human and which is a computer. The machine that most often fools the panel wins the Most Human Computer Award. But there is also a prize, bizarre and intriguing, for the Most Human Human. In 2008, the top AI program came short of passing the Turing Test by just one astonishing vote. In 2009, Brian Christian was chosen to participate, and he set out to make sure Homo sapiens would prevail. The author’s quest to be deemed more human than a computer opens a window onto our own nature. Interweaving modern phenomena like customer service “chatbots” and men using programmed dialogue to pick up women in bars with insights from fields as diverse as chess, psychiatry, and the law, Brian Christian examines the philosophical, biological, and moral issues raised by the Turing Test. One central definition of human has been “a being that could reason.” If computers can reason, what does that mean for the special place we reserve for humanity? From the Hardcover edition.
Man Who Knew Too Much
Alan Turing And the Invention of the Computer
Paperback ISBN: 0393329097
Outlines the Bletchley Park mathematician's efforts to launch artificial intelligence innovations, describing his thwarted attempts to gain support for a programmable calculating machine, his contributions to cracking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, and how the revelation of his homosexuality led to his tragic imprisonment and suicide. Reprint.
The Age of Spiritual Machines
When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
Hardcover ISBN: 0670882178
The creator of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, and the Windows 95 voice-recognition program offers logical and readable forecasts about twenty-first century technology. 65,000 first printing. Tour.
Weaving the Web
The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 006251587x
Discusses the origins and evolution of the Web, offers insights into the current state of the Web, and shares a blueprint for the future
How to Take Great Pictures with Smartphones and Apps
Paperback ISBN: 1452107122
"SnApp Shots is the definitive guide to the amazing photographic results now achievable on iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones, and Blackberries. In accessible, jargon-free text, photographer Adam Bronkhorst sorts through the multitude of photographyapps, clarifying the myriad stunning effects possible. Packed full of hip and gorgeous images for inspiration, this essential resource helps readers pull out their phones and start realizing impressive results right away. This is how-to photography for the twenty-first century!"--
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.