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  • The Information Dietby Clay A. Johnson

    O'Reilly Media 2015; US$ 16.99

    This is a softcover version of the title released in 2011; there is no new material. The modern human animal spends upwards of 11 hours out of every 24 in a state of constant consumption. Not eating, but gorging on information ceaselessly spewed from the screens and speakers we hold dear. Just as we have grown morbidly obese on sugar, fat, and... more...

  • Communication and Controlby Robert MacDougall; R.E. Burnett; Kevin Cummings; Vincenzo DeFlorio; Ryan Eanes; Robert Gehl; Zeke Kimball; Cameron Kunzelman; Karla Loya; Brett Lunceford; Robert MacDougall; Benjamin Morton; Kathleen Oswald; Matthew Pittman; Rachel Plotnick; Madhusudan Raman; Jim Thatcher

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 89.99

    Communication and Control: Tools, Systems, and New Dimensions examines a wide range of communication structures and control systems from low- to high-tech and advocates a media ecological view of human communication in a time of intelligent, learning machines. more...

  • Upgradekulturby Dierk Spreen

    transcript 2015; US$ 16.36

    Enhancement, Prothesen, Körper-Upgrade - in letzter Zeit ist eine technologische Durchdringung des Körpers zu beobachten, die als Symptom eines tiefgreifenden gesellschaftlichen, ökonomischen und kulturellen Wandels hin zu einer Optimierungs- und Upgradekultur zu begreifen ist. Warum sollten die sich generalisierenden Optimierungsimperative vor dem... more...

  • The Four-Dimensional Humanby Laurence Scott

    Random House 2015; US$ 31.98

    Winner of the Jerwood Prize A constellation of everyday digital phenomena is rewiring our inner lives. We are increasingly coaxed from the third-dimensional containment of our pre-digital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, a world of ceaseless communication, instant information and global connection. Our portals to this... more...

  • A Dangerous Masterby Wendell Wallach

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 28.99

    We live in an age of awesome technological potential. From nanotechnology to synthetic organisms, new technologies stand to revolutionize whole domains of human experience. But with awesome potential comes awesome risk: drones can deliver a bomb as readily as they can a new smartphone; makers and hackers can 3D-print guns as well as tools; and supercomputers... more...

  • Geschlechterarrangements in Bewegungby Ulla Wischermann; Annette Kirschenbauer

    transcript 2015; US$ 33.39

    Zwischen den neuen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien und der zunehmend geforderten Balance von Erwerbsarbeits- und Privatleben bestehen komplexe Zusammenhänge. Neue digitale Formen von Kommunikation, die besonders durch das Web 2.0 möglich geworden sind, führen zu einer zunehmenden Flexibilisierung von Arbeit. Sie bedeutet einerseits Arbeitsintensivierung,... more...

  • Architecture, Materiality and Societyby Anna-Lisa Müller; Werner Reichmann

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 100.00

    This book examines the extent to which the insights of STS can be used to analyse the role of architecture in and for social life. The contributions examine the question of whether architecture ? and thus materiality as a whole ? has agency. The book also proposes a theoretical and methodological approach on how to research architecture's agency. more...

  • Geek Heresyby Kentaro Toyama

    PublicAffairs 2015; US$ 27.99

    In 2004, Kentaro Toyama, an award-winning computer scientist, moved to India to start a new research group for Microsoft. Its mission: to explore novel technological solutions to the world?s persistent social problems. Together with his team, he invented electronic devices for under-resourced urban schools and developed digital platforms for remote... more...

  • Rise of the Robotsby Martin Ford

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 28.99

    What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? We might imagine—and hope—that today?s industrial revolution will unfold like the last: even as some jobs are eliminated, more will be created to deal with the new innovations of a new era. In Rise of the Robots , Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford argues that this... more...

  • Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathersby Ann Braude

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    Pundits on both the right and the left often portray religion and feminism as inherently incompatible, as opposing forces in American culture. Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers seeks to dispel that notion by asking sixteen well-known religious figures to tell the story of how they became involved in the women's movement. Their work-much of it... more...