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PHIL

PHIL San Diego, CA, United States Member Since 2011
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  • "Wide-ranging, non-technical"

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    This book in a talkative-colorful style tours through many creators and applications in various sub-fields of this big, emerging part of our lives. It shows in a general and non-tech way how a set of ideas or a body of knowledge is mapped onto a high-speed decision system. (Sometimes, the system is building knowledge as it goes.) The story about the evolution of call centers, and how a "bot" quickly reads the caller's personality from a few word usages and sentence structures, to route the call to the right type of response (and responder) was very telling. It is typical of the way our interactions with business (even fleeting ones) are increasingly mapped from the first milliseconds, to improve the customer service experience (or manipulate us, or introduce a ruthless efficiency to reduce the call center workforce, etc., there being many dimensions, depending on how one might like to look at it). That data is, of course, stored and continuously analyzed. This book is pretty friendly toward the purveyors of these changes. Other audios loosely in this genre include "Super Crunchers" and "Dark Pools."

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    Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

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    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
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    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
  • "I profit from listening, and someti..."

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    This is a wide-ranging tour of ideas and history that have been capturing Mr Greenspan's attention since he left the Fed, and he thereafter admitted before Congress as the Great Recession unfolded, that some big assumptions and models he was using hadn't worked. I like to listen to his mind working, as, for example, he loosely cobbles together an economic model in front of the reader, or walks through a stretch of history, lucidly pointing out big salient features of how we got here. Like many very smart people I know, he shows a gift sometimes for displaying (what seem to me glaring) gaps in his reasoning, or for ignoring a 900-pound factual gorilla looming in the situation. (This is the reputed libertarian Ayn Rand disciple who yet worked in and around government much of his adult life, openly disliked government's solutions, yet became arguably the most powerful individual inside government, whereupon he showered cheap credit into the banking system for a very extended period (meanwhile refusing to exercise his statutory powers to regulate various mortgage finance practices) as a vast unstable housing bubble heaved up and (soon enough after he left the job) collapsed into the worst mess since the Great Depression.) This wouldn't be the first time models worked well until they didn't. But, aside from some sidestepping perhaps, he intrepidly wrestles with some big questions. For example, he tackles why this recovery was seemingly this tepid and slow. I don't agree with all the answers he finds, but along this journey I find this book has helped me clarify and sharpen and update my own views and opinions. And for that, I give Mr Greespan credit and thanks. In that light, I think this work is a success.
    I've seen reviews that complain about the wide range of sub-topics. But all of them are interesting to me, and I like the way the guy describes things.

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    The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting

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    Like all of us, though few so visibly, Alan Greenspan was forced by the financial crisis of 2008 to question some fundamental assumptions about risk management and economic forecasting. No one with any meaningful role in economic decision making in the world saw beforehand the storm for what it was. How had our models so utterly failed us? To answer this question, Alan Greenspan embarked on a rigorous and far-reaching multiyear examination of how Homo economicus predicts the economic future, and how it can predict it better.

    PHIL says: "I profit from listening, and sometimes disagree"
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A Peek at Joshua Kim's Bookshelf

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Joshua Kim's greatest hits:
  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    "Excellent"

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    Thinking back on the hours of I invested watching Hogan's Heroes, Hawaii Five-O, Cheers, Magnum PI etc. etc. is always depressing. Shirky calls TV watching our unpaid second-job. According to Nielsen, the average American spends 34.5 hours a week watching TV. That is about 1,800 a year. Among young people, however, the time spent watching TV is going down - replaced by time spent creating and interacting on the Web. The best decision my family ever made was to decide not to have cable, satellite or broadcast TV in our home. TV is simply too tempting. If I had TV I'd probably be watching now instead of writing this book review. My brain loves to relax into TV - so does yours. Shirky argues that by allowing us all to create, to push the "publish" button, the Web is making us smarter and more connected. My hope is that Shirky turns his attention next to the implications of the cognitive surplus on higher education.

  • Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future - and Locked Us In

    ""Always On" Is Surprisingly Good"

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    Always On is one of those books that I flirted with buying (downloading?) for a few months. Up until last week I could never convince myself to pull the trigger (add to the cart?).

    The book seemed to have a few things going against it:

    -Do we really need a whole book about the iPhone?
    -Doesn't Apple get enough ink?
    -Should we really be spending our valuable reading time obsessing about a smart phone?
    -Isn't this book already out-of-date (after 9 months), with the coming of the iPhone 4 and the introduction of Siri?
    -And doesn't Apple get enough ink? (So important I had to list it twice).

    Turns out, I should not have waited to read Always On - and neither should you.

    Give yourself 5 hours and 42 minutes to read Always On (the length of the audiobook … you will read it even faster if you use your eyeballs and not your ears), and you will learn some new things. Brian X. Chen is not an Apple fanboy or an unthinking iPhone evangelist. Rather, Chen (who now writes for the NYT Bits blog) is a thoughtful critic of the costs, as well as the benefits, of our always connected and hyper-networked society. Chen's thesis is that the combination of 3 technologies - the smart phone, ubiquitous bandwidth, and Web 2.0 social tools - have fundamentally changed how we structure our professional and personal lives. Mobile information abundance, combined with always available digital communication, equates to the need for new structures around our work, education, and social lives.

    What Chen is advocating is that we take seriously this shift from information/communication scarcity to information/communication abundance. He asks, what would higher education look like if designed around the capabilities the iPhone and mobile apps, and he wonders how the institutions that do not evolve will remain relevant. Chen also recognizes the costs of living in a world where e-mail, text messaging, Twitter, Facebook and the entire Web are always with us.

    Chen does not shy away from detailing the dangers of our mobile web addiction. He worries that we will misuse the technology of smart phones, ubiquitous networks, and social tools to avoid rather than develop authentic relationships. And rather than offer any simple fix-alls or advice, Chen takes the route of detailing how the iPhone and the web has provided both benefits and costs in his own relationships.

    The other strength of Always On is Chen's analysis of the pros and cons of Apple's closed iPhone ecosystem. Most writing about Apple's walled garden tends to be either strongly for or strongly against vertical integration. Chen takes a middle path, pointing out the benefits for both companies (profits) and consumers (quality/integrated product experiences) that vertically integrated platforms can create.

    The iPhone and a Mac may (I'd argue do) provide a better use experience than non-closed platforms, but this comes with a set of very high costs around control. The birth of the computer industry owes much of its early growth from the hacker ethos, from young technologists being able to re-program their machines and re-write their software. None of this is possible on an iPhone or iPad. Apple approves each app, and each app must conform to all of Apple's programming policies and guidelines. In Always On, Chen gives this tension between vertical vs. horizontal / open vs. closed platforms considerable attention, complementing his opinions with thorough (but concisely reported) research and analysis.

    Any complaints about Always On? I think that the book could have been even more condensed into the length of Kindle Single, but maybe the iPhone, apps, and the web are contributing to my shortened attention span. This complain should not deter you from reading Always On, as I'd like to chat with you about your reactions to the book.

  • The Numerati

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    Highly recommended. Baker's The Numerati reports on how the growth of large-scale databases and sophisticated analytical techniques are remaking politics, business, health care and government. An excellent companion piece to Ian Ayres book " Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart. Ayers is a member of the Numerati (and come to think of it - sort of surprising that he is not profiled in Baker's book) where Baker is a journalist. The books taken together help round out the picture on rapid growth of data and evidence based decision making.

  • What Technology Wants

    "Questioning 'What Technology Wants'"

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    I think you should read What Technology Wants and decide for yourself if Kelly is saying anything new or interesting.

    For me, Kelly's idea of "the technium", the overarching theme of the book, never quite came together. In describing all of technological change (in the broadest sense of the word) within a unified framework, Kelly, to my ears (I listened to the book from Audible), ends up explaining very little. The saying, "all models are wrong, but some are useful" is only half right in describing Kelly's "technium."

    If I didn't like the theme of 'What Technology Wants' (or maybe didn't get it) - I really enjoyed many of its parts. The description of Amish technology was fascinating and thought provoking. Kelly's observations on the digital divide (he is not worried), the benefits to society of early adopters (they use expensive and bad tools so everyone else can use cheap and excellent tools), and the benefits of appropriate technology (Kelly does not Tweet, own a TV, or use a laptop or smart phone), are consistently challenging and smart.

    I wish that Kelly spent more time talking to more people (say people who work for technology companies, or even toil in post-secondary education) and less time in his own head. Too much is made of the Unabomber manifesto, too little is made of the history of technological change and the shifts in material, economic and social life.

    Despite these complaints, I see What Technology Wants as a good companion piece to my other recent books. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires; The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves; Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed; I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted; and Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation are all better books, but each is made more interesting by thinking about What Technology Wants.

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Tim United States 01-28-11 Member Since 2010

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    I needed a good tech read and this title what my interest called for. Tim Wu went beyond at doing his homework for this book. The Master Switch needs to be an requirement for any communication class. The book force us to look on an open network. Great read!!! I was hook.

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    The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

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    Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate.

    Neil says: "Very interesting history, biased conclusions"

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    Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Explosion Aboard the Deepwater Horizon

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    In the spring of 2010 the world watched for weeks as more than 200 million gallons of crude oil billowed from a hole three miles deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of various and imminent environmental consequences dominated the news. Deepwater drilling - largely ignored or misunderstood to that point - exploded in the American consciousness in the worst way possible. Fire on the Horizon, written by veteran oil rig captain John Konrad and longtime Washington Post journalist Tom Shroder, recounts in vivid detail the life of the rig itself, from its construction to its improbable journey in the year 2000 to its end.

    Shep says: "An incredibly well-told story"
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UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Hager Narrated by Adam Verner

    The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler

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    At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

    sarah says: "Riveting"
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    Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (






UNABRIDGED) by Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis Narrated by Arthur Morey

    Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
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    Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Brzezinski Narrated by Charles Stransky

    Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

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    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
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    Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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    Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.

    John says: "A Glimpse Into the Future"
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    Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

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    Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

    Steve says: "Great read! Very informative."
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    Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Patterson Narrated by Byron Wagner

    Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

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    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

    Gary says: "Definitive history on Electronic Trading"
  • Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Fred Vogelstein Narrated by J. P. Demont

    Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

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    Behind the bitter rivalry between Apple and Google - and how it’s reshaping the way we think about technology. The rise of smartphones and tablets has altered the business of making computers. At the center of this change are Apple and Google, two companies whose philosophies, leaders, and commercial acumen have steamrolled the competition. In the age of Android and the iPad, these corporations are locked in a feud that will play out not just in the marketplace but in the courts and on screens around the world.

    Bradley says: "Great book, But Narrator Needs Technical Help"
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't (






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    The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

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    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
  • The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Russell Gold Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

    The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

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    Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of "fracking". Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country’s energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians.

  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (






UNABRIDGED) by Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee Narrated by TBA

    The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

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    In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

    Chris Lunt says: "Good for the periphery"
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  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (






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    Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

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    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

    Ryan says: "A catalog of positive innovations on the horizon"
  • Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System (






UNABRIDGED) by Scott Patterson Narrated by Byron Wagner

    Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

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    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

    Gary says: "Definitive history on Electronic Trading"
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives (






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    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

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    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
  • You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves (






UNABRIDGED) by Hiawatha Bray Narrated by Jonathan Yen

    You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

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    The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS—and the consequent decline of privacy. What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically aided era of navigational omniscience—or how we came to know exactly where we are at all times. Filled with tales of scientists and astronauts, inventors and entrepreneurs, You Are Here tells the story of how humankind ingeniously solved one of its oldest and toughest problems—only to herald a new era in which it’s impossible to hide.

    Nicholas E. Ertz says: "I'm here - do you care"
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  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think (






UNABRIDGED) by Viktor Mayer-Schöberger, Kenneth Cukier Narrated by Jonathan Hogan

    Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

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    Oxford professor and author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger joins Economist data editor and commentator Kenneth Cukier to deliver insight into the hottest trend in technology. "Big data" makes it possible to instantly analyze and draw conclusions from vast stores of information, enabling revolutionary breakthroughs in business, health, politics, and education. But big data also raises troubling social and privacy concerns sure to be a major talking point in the years ahead.

    Michael says: "Pretty light stuff on Big Data"
  • On Intelligence (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee Narrated by Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki

    On Intelligence

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    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (






UNABRIDGED) by Ray Kurzweil Narrated by George K. Wilson

    The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

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    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
  • Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs (






UNABRIDGED) by Yukari Iwatani Kane Narrated by Arielle DeLisle

    Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs

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    • By Yukari Iwatani Kane
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    Based on over 200 interviews with current and former executives, business partners, Apple watchers, and others, Haunted Empire is an illuminating portrait of Apple today that offers clues to its future. With nuanced insights and colorful details that only a seasoned journalist could glean, Kane goes beyond the myths and headlines. She explores Tim Cook’s leadership and its impact on Jobs’ loyal lieutenants, new product development, and Apple’s relationships with Wall Street, the government, tech rivals, suppliers, the media, and consumers.

    Dotan says: "A huge let down"
  • The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch (






UNABRIDGED) by Lewis Dartnell Narrated by John Lee

    The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

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    • By Lewis Dartnell
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    Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ, but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built.The Knowledge is a brilliantly original guide to the fundamentals of science and how it built our modern world as well as a thought experiment about the very idea of scientific knowledge itself.

  • Your Mac Life, April 10, 2014  by Shawn King Narrated by Shawn King

    Your Mac Life, April 10, 2014

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    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

  • Samouchitel' raboty s MacBook [MacBook Guide] (






UNABRIDGED) by Larry Twain Narrated by Stanislav Stanislav

    Samouchitel' raboty s MacBook [MacBook Guide]

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    • By Larry Twain
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    MacBook - jeto sovershennye noutbuki, vypuskaemye firmoj Apple. Nazvanie jetot komp'juter poluchil iz-za svoih miniatjurnyh gabaritov. Jeto ochen' legkij i uzkij noutbuk. Ego ne sputaesh' s drugimi komp'juterami. U MacBook aljuminievyj korpus, strogie polosy serebristo-chernogo cveta i zaostrennye formy.

  • Domain Driven Design: How to Easily Implement Domain Driven Design - A Quick & Simple Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Jason Scotts Narrated by Chris Brinkley

    Domain Driven Design: How to Easily Implement Domain Driven Design - A Quick & Simple Guide

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    I want to thank you for checking out the audiobook Domain Driven Design: How to Easily Implement Domain Driven Design - A Quick & Simple Guide. This book contains proven steps and strategies on how you can implement the domain-driven design approach in your projects to bring out better results. Through the domain-driven design approach, you and your project team will better understand the domain that you aim to serve and communicate in a common language that can ensure harmony and team work with your group.

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  • The SOPA & PIPA Conspiracy: Taking CONTROL through Internet Censorship (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeremy Miles Narrated by Luke Smith

    The SOPA & PIPA Conspiracy: Taking CONTROL through Internet Censorship

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    • By Jeremy Miles
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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the United States became a clone of China or Burma? That's what almost happened with the SOPA and PIPA bills which attempted to pass into law.

    The SOPA & PIPA Conspiracy explains these horrible censorship laws, and what they would have meant, and WILL mean if they ever pass. Learn how you can prevent the destruction of the internet, and ward off any future bills which allow total Government control or censorship.

  • The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Russell Gold Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

    The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

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    • By Russell Gold
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    Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of "fracking". Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country’s energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians.

  • Your Mac Life, April 03, 2014  by Shawn King Narrated by Shawn King

    Your Mac Life, April 03, 2014

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    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

  • Your Mac Life, March 27, 2014  by Shawn King Narrated by Shawn King

    Your Mac Life, March 27, 2014

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    • By Shawn King
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    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.