World Without Mind

World Without Mind


  • Release: 2017-09-12
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 272 page
  • ISBN: 9781101981139
GET EBOOK

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017 Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience. As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection—a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success. Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science—from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stewart Brand and the hippie origins of today's Silicon Valley—Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide. At stake is nothing less than who we are, and

World Without Mind

World Without Mind


  • Release: 2017-09-28
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 272 page
  • ISBN: 9781473549463
GET EBOOK

A timely and powerful must-read on how the big tech companies are damaging our culture – and what we can do to fight their influence Four titanic corporations are now the most powerful gatekeepers the world has ever known. We shop with Amazon, socialise on Facebook, turn to Apple for entertainment, and rely on Google for information. They have conquered our culture and set us on a path to a world without private contemplation or autonomous thought: a world without mind. In this book, Franklin Foer makes a passionate, deeply informed case for the need to restore our inner lives and reclaim our intellectual culture before it is too late. At stake is nothing less than who we are, and what we will become. It is a message that could not be more timely.

World Without Mind

World Without Mind


  • Release: 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 257 page
  • ISBN: 9781101981115
GET EBOOK

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science, Foer puts the DNA of the very idea of "tech" under the microscope. Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are breaking laws intended to protect intellectual property and privacy. This is not the path towards freedom and prosperity, but the total automation and homogenization of our social, political, and intellectual lives. Today's corporate giants want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our lives. Foer both indicts these companies, and shapes a path towards reining them in.

Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind

Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind


  • Release: 2019-04-17
  • Publisher:
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 304 page
  • ISBN: 1733914102
GET EBOOK

Some people are dreamers. They choose a career shaped by dreams of making the world a better place--caring for kids, lifting up the poor, protecting the planet. When your dreams are that powerful, it's easy to neglect yourself. Both lives and dreams can suffer the consequences. If you're one of the dreamers, this is the book for you. Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind is a down-to-earth guide to mission-driven leadership. Drawing on his decades of experience as an acclaimed nonprofit leader, Alex Counts offers practical advice on such vital activities as fundraising, team-building, communications, and management. He shows you how to run an organization--and your own life--both effectively and sustainably, giving joyfully to those around you while also caring generously for yourself. Candid, funny, insightful, and wise, Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind is a book you'll refer to throughout your career . . . no matter where your dreams may lead you.

The World Without  the Mind Within

The World Without the Mind Within


  • Release: 1996-12-12
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 213 page
  • ISBN: 0521560934
GET EBOOK

A challenging study of the character of our knowledge of our own intentional states.

World Without Weight

World Without Weight


  • Release: 2012
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 353 page
  • ISBN: 9780198570967
GET EBOOK

In every domain of reasoning-from time and space, to mental states and physical illness-humans deploy an exceedingly diverse range of intuitive 'theories' about how the world works. So are humans alone in trying to make sense of the world by postulating theoretical entities to explain how the world works?In this important new book, Daniel Povinelli and his colleagues approach this highly controversial territory by investigating the seeminglyprosaic topic whether chimpanzees wield roughly the same commonsense ideas about weight that human do. When it comes to the physical world, they ask if chimpanzees reinterpret a broad range of primaryexperiences-lifting objects, seeing objects fall or collide, observing the differential effort others exert when they move objects-in terms of a common, causal mechanism which, in our everyday parlance, we refer to as 'weight.' The question is not whether chimpanzees have a theory about weight that's any better or worse than preschool children or Einstein or modern string theorists. The question is whether chimpanzees have any theories at all. Povinelli's workencourages us to stand back and adopt a different perspective on even our closest living relatives. Rather than seeing chimpanzees as watered-down versions of ourselves, this book challenges us to see ourjoint encounter for what it is: a meeting of alien minds.

Mind Without Fear

Mind Without Fear


  • Release: 2019-03-24
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 354 page
  • ISBN: 9780795352621
GET EBOOK

“A propulsive narrative filled with boldfaced names from business and politics. At times, it is a dishy score settler.”—The New York Times For nine years, Rajat Gupta led McKinsey & Co.—the first foreign-born person to head the world’s most influential management consultancy. He was also the driving force behind major initiatives such as the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India. A globally respected figure, he sat on the boards of distinguished philanthropic institutions such as the Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and corporations, including Goldman Sachs, American Airlines, and Procter & Gamble. In 2011, to the shock of the international business community, Gupta was arrested and charged with insider trading. Against the backdrop of public rage and recrimination that followed the financial crisis, he was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Gupta has fought the charges and maintains his innocence to this day. In these pages, Gupta recalls his unlikely rise from orphan to immigrant to international icon as well as his dramatic fall from grace. He writes movingly about his childhood losses, reflects on the challenges he faced as a student and young executive in the United States, and offers a rare inside glimpse into the elite and secretive culture of McKinsey, “the Firm.” And for the first time, he tells his side of the story in the scandal that destroyed his career and reputation. Candid, compelling, and poignant, Gupta’s memoir is much more than a courtroom drama; it is an extraordinary tale of human resilience and personal growth.

A World Without Work

A World Without Work


  • Release: 2020-01-14
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 272 page
  • ISBN: 9781250173522
GET EBOOK

From an Oxford economist, a visionary account of how technology will transform the world of work, and what we should do about it From mechanical looms to the combustion engine to the first computers, new technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. For centuries, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. But as Daniel Susskind demonstrates, this time really is different. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. Drawing on almost a decade of research in the field, Susskind argues that machines no longer need to think like us in order to outperform us, as was once widely believed. As a result, more and more tasks that used to be far beyond the capability of computers – from diagnosing illnesses to drafting legal contracts, from writing news reports to composing music – are coming within their reach. The threat of technological unemployment is now real. This is not necessarily a bad thing, Susskind emphasizes. Technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of humanity’s oldest problems: how to make sure that everyone has enough to live on. The challenges will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, to constrain the burgeoning power of Big Tech, and to provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the center of our lives. Perceptive, pragmatic, and ultimately hopeful, A World Without Work shows the way.

The Dog s Last Walk

The Dog s Last Walk


  • Release: 2017-03-09
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 304 page
  • ISBN: 9781408845301
GET EBOOK

'The author's prose is always a delight ... a book that manages the high-wire act of being genuinely funny while dispensing genuine wisdom' Times Literary Supplement Week after week, for eighteen years, the Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson wrote a weekly column for the Independent, reflecting in inimitable style on the sacred and the profane in turn, the frivolous and the serious, the deeply personal and the most universal. The shame and humiliation inherent in death is explored with frank astuteness. Matisse, darts and the power of love are celebrated; while cyclists are very much censured. And meanwhile, a beloved old Labrador walks his last walk as life elsewhere hurtles on and away... The Dog's Last Walk is a collection of wisdom and iconoclasm for our uncertain times, and one that reveals one of our greatest writers in all his humanity.

The Influence of the Stars

The Influence of the Stars


  • Release: 1996-09
  • Publisher: Health Research Books
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 272 page
  • ISBN: 0787300802
GET EBOOK

1904 in three parts - Astrology, Chiromancy, and Physiognomy. Also, chapters on the significance of the moles of the body astrologically considered, the mystical wheel of Pythagoras and the methods of working it. Content: Astrology, the Alphabet of As.