The author chronicles her experience at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory and, of course, progress.
From the author of Junkyard Planet comes a global exploration of the hidden market for used stuff and a travelogue that follows unwanted, obsolescent objects' journeys into a reusable future. Illustrations.
An investigation into the lesser-known consequences of the mass-clothing industry by the author of the best-selling Deluxe shares insights into the grassroots, global movement to reclaim traditional and sustainable means of clothing production. Illustrations.
An insider's history to the anime image board 4chan.org describes its origins, transition from a far-left to a far-right political engine, influence on youth counterculture and roles in the Occupy Wall Street movement and 2016 presidential election.
The award-winning author of Experimental Man announces the arrival of high-capacity artificial-intelligence machines, drawing on expert insights to explain how the robots of today and the near-future will transform the definition of humanity and revolutionize the world.
An account of the Apollo 11 mission discusses the astronauts, flight controllers, and engineers who made it possible, as well as the dangers, challenges, and determination that defined the Apollo program and the Mercury and Gemini missions that made it possible.
An award-winning historian and perennial New York Times best-selling author takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy's inspiring challenge and America's race to the moon. (United States history). 200,000 first printing.
The award-winning author of The Wal-Mart Effect shares the story of the remarkable NASA scientists and engineers who created America's space program and fulfilled President Kennedy's mandate to put a man on the Moon before 1970. (technology & engineering). 75,000 first printing.
An environmental journalist and professor tackles the questions of sustainable food sources for a growing population in a world where water supplies are in jeopardy and global crop production will decline due to the effects of climate change.
Shares cautionary insights into how emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics, are being developed through fervent ideologies that are threatening the diversity of human experience.
An investigation of how high-tech tools such as tasers, computer databases and body cameras have failed to improve policing throughout the country, but have actually made police officers lazier, reckless and discriminatory.
"The definitive report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade. With the expert guidance of former Executive Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson, we follow two legacy (The New York Times and The Washington Post) and two upstart (BuzzFeed and VICE) companies as they plow through a revolution in technology, economics, standards, commitment, and endurance that pits old vs. new media"—
"Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away. Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, "Twitter wars"produce real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones. P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war. They explore how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts? Delving into the web's darkest corners, we meet the unexpected warriors of social media, such as the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars against the West. Finally, looking to the crucial years ahead, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world."—
A veteran insider chronicles the race to develop and perfect the driverless car, sharing insights into how self-driving innovations will create profound changes in commuting, employment, safety and environmental responsibility. 200,000 first printing.
The conservation biologist and award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers presents a natural and cultural history of the bee that traces its evolution and varieties while evaluating the environmental hazards placing them at risk. 30,000 first printing.
Recounts the story behind Theranos, the medical equipment company that misled investors to believe they developed a revolutionary blood testing machine, detailing how its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, perpetuated the lie to bolster the value of the company by billions.
The New York Times chief Washington correspondent and best-selling author of The Inheritance presents a sobering and incisive look into how cyberwarfare is influencing elections, threatening national security and raising risks of global war.