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
Flipping The Switch On Technology
Paperback ISBN: 0060570059
An MIT graduate working through an Institute program to study the effects of technology on society describes his year-long residence in a Mennonite-type community and recounts how his wife and he experienced reduced stress levels, weight loss, and overall life satisfaction throughout the course of their stay. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Paperback ISBN: 067977548x
Presents a study of the human fascination with time from a psychological, biological, and cultural perspective, tracing the development of measuring time and exploring ways in which we try to stretch our allotted time.
The Man Who Listens to Horses
Hardcover ISBN: 0679456589
A real-life "horse whisperer" discusses his unconventional and gentle equine training methods, his unique ability to communicate with horses, and the applications of his communication skills in the corporate world. 100,000 first printing. Tour.
An Epic Search for Diamonds in the North American Arctic
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0716740265
Tells the story of the adventures of two diamond prospectors who set out to the Barrens of the Canadian Arctic to find the mother lode, as well as a history of the search for diamonds around the world.
Why Things Bite Back
Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences
Paperback ISBN: 0679747567
A scientific historian takes a close-up look at the unexpected ramifications of technological development, examining the paradoxical, ironic consequences of the things we do to supposedly improve our lives. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Arguing A. I.
The Battle for Twenty-First Century Science
Paperback ISBN: 081299180x
Few scientific topics since the theory of biological evolution have inspired as much controversy as artificial intelligence has. Even now, fifty years after the term first made its appearance in academic journals, many philosophers and more than a few prominent scientists and software programmers dismiss the pursuit of thinking machines as the modern-day equivalent of medieval alchemists’ hunt for the philosopher’s stone-a pursuit based more on faith than on skeptical inquiry. In Arguing A.I., journalist Sam Williams charts both the history of artificial intelligence from its scientific and philosophical roots and the history of the A.I. debate. He examines how and why the tenor of the debate has changed over the last half-decade in particular, as scientists are struggling to take into account the latest breakthroughs in computer science, information technology, and human biology. For every voice predicting machines like 2001’s HAL within the next twenty to thirty years, others have emerged with more pessimistic forecasts. From artificial intelligence’s pioneers John McCarthy and Marvin Minsky, to futurist authors Ray Kurzweil and Hans Moravec, to software architects Bill Joy and Jaron Lanier, Arguing A.I. introduces readers to the people participating in the current debate, both proponents and critics of A.I. who are changing the way computers “think” and the way we think about computers. Ultimately, Arguing A.I. is as much a history of thought as it is a history of science. Williams notes that many of the questions plaguing modern scientists and software programmers are the same questions that have concerned scientists and philosophers since time immemorial: What are the fundamental limitations of science and scientific inquiry? What is the nature of intelligence? And, most important, what does it really mean to be human?
The Quantum Leap
3rd Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0962818216
A comprehensive new business strategy, moves companies from schedulized manufacturing to flow manufacturing based upon the Demand Flow Technology (DFT). This revolutionary business strategy allows manufacturers to adjust product volume and mix every day in the direction of actual sales. The strategic business advantages of DFT forces engineering towards process design to improve their speed-to-market by bringing new products to the market ahead of the competition as well as meeting customer demand. DFT strategically will maximize manufacturing and financial assets. This strategy impacts all organizations in a company. In the mathematically-based Demand Flow Technology, work is defined using linear and Takt techniques to design mixed-model flow lines and processes. Companies no longer use MRP systems to schedule fabricated items and subassemblies, nor do they issue material based upon production work orders. The end result is an ongoing sequence of products in a flow process that replenishes from other internal processes and external suppliers based upon actual customer demand. This book defines the DFT business, design and manufacturing techniques and compares them to traditional functional manufacturing. As such, it is a blueprint on how to become more competitive in the global marketplace and grow into the 21st century.