Generation Robot covers a century of science fiction, fact and, speculation―from the 1950 publication of Isaac Asimov’s seminal robot masterpiece, I, Robot, to the 2050 Singularity when artificial and human intelligence are predicted to merge. Beginning with a childhood informed by pop-culture robots in movies, in comic books, and on TV in the 1960s to adulthood where the possibilities of self-driving cars and virtual reality are daily conversation, Terri Favro offers a unique perspective on how our relationship with robotics and futuristic technologies has shifted over time. Peppered with pop-culture fun-facts about Superman’s kryptonite, the human-machine relationships in the cult TV show Firefly, and the sexual and moral implications of the film Ex Machina, Generation Robot explores how the techno-triumphs and resulting anxieties of reality bleed into the fantasies of our collective culture.Clever and accessible, Generation Robot isn’t just for the serious, scientific reader―it’s for everyone interested in robotics and technology since their science-fiction origins. By looking back at the future she once imagined, analyzing the plugged-in present, and speculating on what is on the horizon, Terri Favro allows readers the chance to consider what was, what is, and what could be. This is a captivating book that looks at the pop-culture of our society to explain how the world works―now and tomorrow. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009856/bk_brll_009856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The first audiobook of its kind, Mind Wars covers the ethical dilemmas and bizarre history of cutting-edge technology and neuroscience developed for military applications. As the author discusses the innovative Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the role of the intelligence community and countless university science departments in preparing the military and intelligence services for the 21st century, he also charts the future of national security. Fully updated and revised, this edition features new material on deep brain stimulation, neuro hormones, and enhanced interrogation. With in-depth discussions of ´´psyops” mind control experiments, drugs that erase both fear and the need to sleep, microchip brain implants and advanced prosthetics, supersoldiers and robot armies, Mind Wars may sound like science fiction or the latest conspiracy thriller, but its subjects are very real and changing the course of modern warfare. Jonathan D. Moreno has been a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions and has served on a number of Pentagon advisory committees. He is an ethics professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the editor-in-chief of the Center for American Progress’ online magazine Science Progress. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Lurie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017831/bk_adbl_017831_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the 19th century drew to a close, the age-old quest to understand the physical world appeared to be complete, except for a few minor details. In fact, Albert Michelson, the first American to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences, noted that, ´´It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles have been firmly established.´´ And he was far from alone among his peers. Scientists in 1900 had no inkling of the other mind-boggling developments that lay in wait: plate tectonics, genetic engineering, space probes, nanotechnology, big bang theory, electronic computers, nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, and many other astounding products of the human mind. Indeed, by the end of the 20th century, nearly every 19th-century theory of natural and social phenomena would be overthrown or superseded. This dynamic transformation has not been a matter of revolution, but of evolution, as you´ll learn in this fascinating 36-lecture exploration of scientific growth filled with ideas, anecdotes, and insights. You´ll see how 20th-century scientists have built on crucial 19th-century concepts such as energy, natural selection, atoms, fields, and waves to assemble a body of knowledge to stun even the most farsighted scientific thinkers of that not-too-distant past. You´ll come away with a new appreciation of how scientific knowledge expands, as Professor Goldman addresses a tremendous range of scientific and technological topics, including science and society, physics, mathematics, psychology, cosmology, telecommunications, meteorology, and archaeology. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven L. Goldman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000262/bk_tcco_000262_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-20th-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber. Somewhere on this alternate planet is a device capable of destroying both worlds at either end of the wormhole. And Verity must find the device, and the man who plans to activate it, before it´s too late - for the past and the future of two worlds. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001406/bk_tant_001406_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For 70 years they guarded the British Empire. Oblivion and Fogg, inseparable friends, bound together by a shared fate. Until one night in Berlin, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and a secret that tore them apart. But there must always be an account... and the past has a habit of catching up to the present. Now, recalled to the Retirement Bureau from which no one can retire, Fogg and Oblivion must face up to a past of terrible war and unacknowledged heroism - a life of dusty corridors and secret rooms, of furtive meetings and blood-stained fields - to answer one last, impossible question: What makes a hero? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000596/bk_hodd_000596_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For centuries two meg-powers from the future have been waging war for control of timelines of history. Alan Norlund, a WWII airman vet, is promised a lifesaving cure for his granddaughter, if he will undertake a mission 50 years back in time to the 1933 Chicago World´s Fair. Hitler with his ´´angels´´ from the opposing power would like to take over our timeline and 1933 Chicago may be just the place to start. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Norman Dietz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007170/bk_adbl_007170_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is human? Can the promise of great scientific discoveries be reconciled with traditional notions of God and ethics? Are we capable of using biotechnology to better the human condition? How can science, religion, and ethics be used to inform our decisions? What will an increasingly sophisticated understanding of genetics mean for health care or our understanding of free will? Advances in 21st-century biomedicine raise these and other fundamental questions. Our answers will profoundly shape national policy, science, health care, and our notions of right and wrong. Stem cell research, cloning, nanotechnology, chimera creation, genetic medicine, and other initiatives give humans an unprecedented capacity to heal and influence our lives. Now, for the first time, you can explore these important issues from three perspectives - scientific, theological, and ethical - through this unique 24-lecture series. Presented by Kevin T. FitzGerald, Catholic Priest, PhD in molecular genetics, PhD in bioethics, you will gain a level of multidisciplinary understanding held by remarkably few people. Whatever your view on or understanding of biomedical discoveries, you will profit from this course. Beginning with the seemingly simple question ´´what is human?´´ Fr. FitzGerald investigates the implications of modern science. Several lectures are devoted to stem cells. What are they, where do they come from, and how are they used? Does it matter if a stem cell comes from an embryo versus bone marrow, the placenta, or skin? Examine the promise and dangers of stem cell research. The world marveled at Dolly, the first cloned sheep, and now cloning is widespread. What is cloning, how is it done, and are humans being cloned now? Nanotechnology has captured the world´s imagination; tiny technologies one hundred thousandth the width of a human hair can fit into cells like small machines. How do they work? What can go wrong? What social justice issue 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000100/bk_nykm_000100_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James A. Shapiro´s Evolution: A View from the 21st Century proposes an important new paradigm for understanding biological evolution. Shapiro demonstrates why traditional views of evolution are inadequate to explain the latest evidence, and presents a compelling alternative. His information and systems-based approach integrates advances in symbiogenesis, epigenetics, and mobile genetic elements, and points toward an emerging synthesis of physical, information, and biological sciences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ira Rosenberg. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003404/bk_adbl_003404_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.