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  • Weapons of Math Destruction

    How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

    by Cathy O'Neil

    'A manual for the 21st-century citizen... accessible, refreshingly critical, relevant and urgent' - Financial Times'Fascinating and deeply disturbing' - Yuval Noah Harari, Guardian Books of the YearIn this New York Times bestseller, Cathy O'Neil, one of the first champions of algorithmic accountability, sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life -- and threaten to rip ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • Digital Minimalism

    Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

    by Cal Newport

    New York Times Bestseller'Digital Minimalism is the Marie Kondo of mobile phones' Evening Standard'An eloquent, powerful and enjoyably practical guide to cutting back on screen time' The Times'An urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life' Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way'What a timely and useful book' Naomi Alderman, author of The Power<p... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Invisible Women

    Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

    by Caroline Criado Perez

    *THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER*'HELL YES. This is one of those books that has the potential to change things - a monumental piece of research' Caitlin MoranImagine a world where...· Your phone is too big for your hand· Your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body· In a car accident you are 47% more likely to be injured.</... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Merchants of Doubt

    How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

    by Naomi Oreskes and 1 more

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. These scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers ... Read more

    $13.63 AUD

  • Life 3.0

    Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    by Max Tegmark

    ***'*This is the most important conversation of our time, and Tegmark's thought-provoking book will help you join it' Stephen HawkingTHE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. DAILY TELEGRAPH AND THE TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEARSELECTED AS ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2018**AI is the future - but what will that future look like? Will superhuman intelligence be our slave, or become our god?Taking us to ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Thank You for Being Late

    An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

    by Thomas L. Friedman

    The new international bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The World is Flat - this is an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the twenty-first century.**'As a guide for perplexed Westerners, this book is very hard to beat . . . Thank You for Being Late is a master class in explaining ... After your session with Dr. Friedman, you have a much better idea of the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Quarterly Essay 72 Net Loss

    The Inner Life in the Digital Age

    by Sebastian Smee

    series Quarterly Essay #72
    We live in an age of constant distraction. Is there a price to pay for this?In this superb essay, renowned critic Sebastian Smee explores the fate of the inner life in the age of the internet. Throughout history, artists and thinkers have cultivated the deep self, and seen value in solitude and reflection. But today, with social media, wall-to-wall marketing and the agitation of modern life, ... Read more

    $9.99 AUD

  • The Inevitable

    Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

    by Kevin Kelly

    **A New York Times BestsellerFrom one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives**Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an ... Read more

    $13.96 AUD

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

    by Erik Brynjolfsson and 1 more

    A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives.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 ... Read more

    $29.03 AUD

  • Hamlet's BlackBerry

    a practical philosophy for building a good life in the digital age

    by William Powers

    A crisp, passionately argued answer to the question that everyone who’s grown dependent on digital devices is asking: ‘Where’s the rest of my life?’At a time when we’re all trying to make sense of our relentlessly connected lives, this revelatory book presents a bold new approach to the digital age. Part intellectual journey, part memoir, Hamlet’s BlackBerry sets out to solve what William Powers ... Read more

    $21.33 AUD

  • The Invisible Rainbow

    A History of Electricity and Life

    by Arthur Firstenberg

    50,000 copies sold! Cell towers, Wi-fi, 5G: Electricity has shaped the modern world. But how has it affected our health and environment?Over the last 220 years, society has evolved a universal belief that electricity is ‘safe’ for humanity and the planet. Scientist and journalist Arthur Firstenberg disrupts this conviction by telling the story of electricity in a way it has never been told before ... Read more

    $30.68 AUD

  • You Are Not A Gadget

    A Manifesto

    by Jaron Lanier

    Something went wrong around the start of the 21st century. Individual creativity began to go out of fashion. Music became an endless rehashing of the past. Scientists were in danger of no longer understanding their own research. Indeed, not only was individual creativity old-fashioned but individuals themselves. The crowd was wise. Machines, specifically computers, were no longer tools to be used ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Reality is Broken

    Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

    by Jane McGonigal

    We are living in a world full of games.More than 31 million people in the UK are gamers.The average young person will spend 10,000 hours gaming by the age of twenty-one.The future belongs to those who play games.In this ground-breaking book, visionary game designer Jane McGonigaI challenges conventional thinking and shows that games - far from being simply escapist entertainment - have the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Irresistible

    Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching

    by Adam Alter

    Almost half of the developed population has an internet-based addiction. In some ways this is not surprising, as our world is filled with addictive experiences: from social media and messaging, to rolling news and video streaming. Attention spans are decreasing as our time spent glued to our screens are increasing, negatively affecting our ability to relax, sleep, develop relationships and achieve ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Future Minds

    The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe

    by Richard Yonck

    For readers of Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking, the book readers have acclaimed as "A mega-comprehensive outlook at intelligence as convincing as it is surprising" and "A truly breathtaking forecast on the future of intelligence."With the ongoing advancement of AI and other technologies, our world is becoming increasingly intelligent. From chatbots to innovations in brain-computer interfaces to ... Read more

    $26.99 AUD

  • The Master Algorithm

    How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

    by Pedro Domingos

    A spell-binding quest for the one algorithm capable of deriving all knowledge from data, including a cure for cancerSociety is changing, one learning algorithm at a time, from search engines to online dating, personalized medicine to predicting the stock market. But learning algorithms are not just about Big Data - these algorithms take raw data and make it useful by creating more algorithms. This ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Who Can You Trust?

    How Technology Brought Us Together – and Why It Could Drive Us Apart

    by Rachel Botsman

    Nominated for the Business Book Awards 'Embracing Change' category-----If you can't trust those in charge, who can you trust?From government to business, banks to media, trust in institutions is at an all-time low. Widespread corruption, elitism and economic disparity have led to a worldwide upsurge of anti-establishment movements. But this isn't the age of distrust - far from it.In this ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Art of Invisibility

    The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data

    by Kevin Mitnick

    Real-world advice on how to be invisible online from "the FBI's most wanted hacker" (Wired).Be online without leaving a trace. Your every step online is being tracked and stored, and your identity literally stolen. Big companies and big governments want to know and exploit what you do, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand.In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick uses ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • Here Comes Everybody

    How Change Happens when People Come Together

    by Clay Shirky

    Welcome to the new future of involvement. Forming groups is easier than it's ever been: unpaid volunteers can build an encyclopaedia together in their spare time, mistreated customers can join forces to get their revenge on airlines and high street banks, and one man with a laptop can raise an army to help recover a stolen phone.The results of this new world of easy collaboration can be both good ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Against the Web

    A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right

    by Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks takes on the new "Intellectual Dark Web." As the host of The Michael Brooks Show and co-host of the Majority Report, he lets his understanding of the new media environment direct his analysis of the newly risen conservative rebels who have taken YouTube by storm. Brooks provides a theoretically rigorous but accessible critique of the most prominent "renegades" including Sam Harris, ... Read more

    $12.31 AUD

  • What Is to Be Done

    political engagement and saving the planet

    by Barry Jones

    A follow-up to the author’s prescient bestseller, first published in 1982, that alerted the public to the likely impacts of information technologies and the emergence of a post-industrial society.When Sleepers, Wake! was released in Australia, it immediately became influential around the world: it was read by Deng Xiaoping and Bill Gates; was published in China, Japan, South Korea, and Sweden; and ... Read more

    $25.51 AUD

  • Consumption Economics: The New Rules of Tech

    The New Rules of Tech

    by J. B. Wood and 2 more

    If you’re a tech company, the most dramatic effect of megatrends like cloud computing, managed services, and the rise of consumer technology won’t be felt in your company’s product line. The true disruption will be to your business model. Future customers won’t want to pay you high prices out of big “CapEx” budgets anymore. They will expect lower “cloud” prices paid from “OpEx” budgets only when ... Read more

    $14.73 AUD

  • Tubes

    Behind the Scenes at the Internet

    by Andrew Blum

    Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet by Andrew Blum is...'Utterly engrossing. The year's most original and stimulating 'travel' book. Even the most geek-wary of readers will enjoy' Independent'Entertaining and illuminating. Excels at rooting the Internet in real-world locations. Full of memorable images that make its complex architecture easier to comprehend' ObserverThe Internet. Home to the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Fly By Wire

    The Geese, The Glide, The 'Miracle' on the Hudson

    by William Langewiesche

    On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York, when a flock of Canada geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. Over the next three minutes, the plane's pilot Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger, managed to glide to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation, the "The Miracle on the Hudson", and Captain Sully ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD