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  • Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanitiesby Roger Whitson

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Steampunk is more than a fandom, a literary genre, or an aesthetic. It is a research methodology turning history inside out to search for alternatives to the progressive technological boosterism sold to us by Silicon Valley. This book turns to steampunk's quirky temporalities to embrace diverse genealogies of the digital humanities and to unite their... more...

  • Thank You for Being Lateby Thomas L. Friedman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 35.24

    From the Pulitzer Prize winner and No.1 international bestselling author of The World is Flat , an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the twenty-first century. We all sense it - something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your children. You can't miss it when you read the newspapers... more...

  • The Power of Networksby Christopher G. Brinton; Mung Chiang

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00 US$ 30.10

    What makes WiFi faster at home than at a coffee shop? How does Google order search results? Why do Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube use fundamentally different rating and recommendation methods?and why does it matter? Is it really true that everyone on Facebook is connected in six steps or less? And how do cat videos?or anything else?go viral? The Power... more...

  • Technologies of Consumer Laborby Michael Palm

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This book documents and examines the history of technology used by consumers to serve oneself. The telephone?s development as a self-service technology functions as the narrative spine, beginning with the advent of rotary dialing eliminating most operator services and transforming every local connection into an instance of self-service. Today, nearly... more...

  • Maker Cityby Peter Hirshberg; Dale Dougherty; Marcia Kadanoff

    Maker Media, Inc 2016; US$ 4.99

    The Maker City Playbook is a comprehensive case studies and how-to information useful for city leaders, civic innovators, nonprofits, and others engaged in urban economic development. The Maker City Playbook is committed to going beyond stories to find patterns and discern promising practices to help city leaders make even more informed decisions.... more...

  • Weapons of Math Destructionby Cathy O'Neil

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; Not Available

    A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life - and threaten to rip apart our social fabric We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a loan, how much we pay for insurance - are being made not by humans, but... more...

  • The Cyber Effectby Mary Aiken

    Random House Publishing Group 2016; US$ 28.00

    A groundbreaking exploration of how cyberspace is changing the way we think, feel, and behave              Mary Aiken is the world?s leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology?a discipline that combines psychology, criminology, and technology to investigate the intersection where technology and human behavior meet. In this, her first book, Aiken... more...

  • Our Battle for the Human Spiritby Willem H. Vanderburg

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2016; Not Available

    Our Battle for the Human Spirit is a comprehensive probe into what is happening to human life in the beginning of the 21 st century. It explores how culture, experience, and symbolization have been replaced by scientific, discipline-based, approaches. more...

  • Technology and the Virtuesby Shannon Vallor

    Oxford University Press 2016; US$ 26.99 US$ 24.29

    New technologies from artificial intelligence to drones, and biomedical enhancement make the future of the human family increasingly hard to predict and protect. This book explores how the philosophical tradition of virtue ethics can help us to cultivate the moral wisdom we need to live wisely and well with emerging technologies. more...

  • Making a Good Lifeby Katharine Dow

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 27.95 US$ 24.04

    Making a Good Life takes a timely look at the ideas and values that inform how people think about reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies. In an era of heightened scrutiny about parenting and reproduction, fears about environmental degradation, and the rise of the biotechnology industry, Katharine Dow delves into the reproductive ethics... more...