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The Universal Machine

Author: Ian Watson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642281028
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The computer unlike other inventions is universal; you can use a computer for many tasks: writing, composing music, designing buildings, creating movies, inhabiting virtual worlds, communicating... This popular science history isn't just about technology but introduces the pioneers: Babbage, Turing, Apple's Wozniak and Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Zuckerberg. This story is about people and the changes computers have caused. In the future ubiquitous computing, AI, quantum and molecular computing could even make us immortal. The computer has been a radical invention. In less than a single human life computers are transforming economies and societies like no human invention before.

The Digital Mind

Author: Arlindo Oliveira
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262036037
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How developments in science and technology may enable the emergence of purely digital minds -- intelligent machines equal to or greater in power than the human brain.

The Fractal Hyper Computer

Author: Lawrence Byng
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781503035430
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What is the function of the non-coding 'junk' part that comprises 98% of our DNA? It's all junk right? junk junk junk and more junk on top of the junk...at least according to the scientists? Yeah?? WRONG! The 98% that is not understood is potentially one of the most valuable treasures of all time. It contains computation algorithms and knowledge that have evolved over the last 4 billion years. Fractal Hyper Computation Theory (first published May 20th 2014) provides everything you need to know to decode this 'junk' part of the DNA. So DNA is part of a highly complex bio-computer system. How does it work? To tell you that I would have to give away the secrets in my Fractal Hyper Computer (patent pending) patents. I am *not* going to do that, but what I can do is explain the theory behind this immensely powerful computation system. It is described in my book. Evolution is random right? Wrong again! Fractal Hyper Computation Theory provides the answers why. At least Quantum physics and everything else in the universe is random right? Still wrong! same as above. Evolution, thought, consciousness and matter itself are all different manifestations of the same basic principles. Once you understand Fractal Hyper Computation Theory you will understand why. This leads to the possibility that the universe is a cosmic hyper-net where *everything* is inter-connected. I won't go into the details here, but once you understand my theory you may also understand how and why this is not only possible but in reality quite probable. The language of thought, cosmic hyper-nets, the universal language of life, DNA (the 98% that mainstream science calls 'junk') and the cosmos itself, has finally been decoded. It follows the same rules as human languages. It is described precisely by Fractal Hyper Computation Theory. How's that for a set of predictions?! My theory, described in this book, is a revolutionary new computational theory unlike any other and it shows *how* this is done. It took about three decades to develop and is formulated from the most basic of principles. It is able to 'compute' some of the most intractable problems facing today's computer engineers such as natural language and optimization algorithms. My theory performs hyper computation using a completely new paradigm. In my book, you will find the first ever complete proof showing how natural language is encoded. The proof is in the form of engineering diagrams. Please remember that this proof took over three decades to formulate and involves some mind bending concepts, so understanding it in five minutes may be a stretch. It just so happens that natural language is encoded in what I refer to as relative quaternary fractal encoding, which is eerily similar to DNA. What is RQF encoding? You need to read my book. Thank you for reading. Finally, why is it that when things are not understood, they are either described as 'junk' or 'random'? I have absolutely no idea. Perhaps someone can explain that to me someday. Ohh...and just for clarity, if randomness is an illusion, then doesn't that mean quantum superposition is impossible ergo quantum computers (The cores of which use superposition) can never be built...even if you do take a million billion years for experimentation? The quantum computer, for all its promise, simply vanishes into the eternity of space and time as nothing more than a theoretical artifact and anomaly born from a faulty assumption (probabilistic instead of deterministic). Darn those pesky holes in the theory. In conclusion, it seems quite possible that the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics is *wrong* and that the correct interpretation is closer to the De Broglie-Bohm theory or pilot wave interpretation.

Life 3 0

Author: Max Tegmark
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1101946601
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New York Times Best Seller How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

The Universal Computer

Author: Martin Davis
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351384813
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The breathtakingly rapid pace of change in computing makes it easy to overlook the pioneers who began it all. Written by Martin Davis, respected logician and researcher in the theory of computation, The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing explores the fascinating lives, ideas, and discoveries of seven remarkable mathematicians. It tells the stories of the unsung heroes of the computer age – the logicians.

Steampunk And Nineteenth Century Digital Humanities

Author: Roger Whitson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317509110
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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 methodologies with nineteenth-century literature and media archaeology. The result is nineteenth-century digital humanities, a retrofuturist approach in which readings of steampunk novels like William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine and Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings collide with nineteenth-century technological histories like Charles Babbage's use of the difference engine to enhance worker productivity and Isabella Bird's spirit photography of alternate history China. Along the way, Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanities considers steampunk as a public form of digital humanities scholarship and activism, examining projects like Kinetic Steam Works's reconstruction of Henri Giffard's 1852 steam-powered airship, Jake von Slatt's use of James Wimshurst's 1880 designs to create an electric influence machine, and the queer steampunk activism of fans appearing at conventions around the globe. Steampunk as a digital humanities practice of repurposing reacts to the growing sense of multiple non-human temporalities mediating our human histories: microtemporal electricities flowing through our computer circuits, mechanical oscillations marking our work days, geological stratifications and cosmic drifts extending time into the millions and billions of years. Excavating the entangled, anachronistic layers of steampunk practice from video games like Bioshock Infinite to marine trash floating off the shore of Los Angeles and repurposed by media artist Claudio Garzón into steampunk submarines, Steampunk and Nineteenth-Century Digital Humanities uncovers the various technological temporalities and multicultural retrofutures illuminating many alternate histories of the digital humanities.

The Fabric Of Interface

Author: Stephen Monteiro
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262037009
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Woven memory -- Image fabric -- Piecework -- Domestic disturbances

Out Of Control

Author: Kevin Kelly
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 078674703X
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Out of Control chronicles the dawn of a new era in which the machines and systems that drive our economy are so complex and autonomous as to be indistinguishable from living things.

Exceptional Technologies

Author: Dominic Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350015598
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A discussion of the rapidly growing field, from a thinker at the forefront of research at the interface of technology and the humanities, this is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary developments in Continental philosophy and philosophy of technology. Philosophy of technology regularly draws on key thinkers in the Continental tradition, including Husserl, Heidegger, and Foucault. Yet because of the problematic legacy of the 'empirical turn', it often criticizes 'bad' continental tendencies - lyricism, pessimism, and an outdated view of technology as an autonomous, transcendental force. This misconception is based on a faulty image of Continental thought, and in addressing it Smith productively redefines our concept of technology. By closely engaging key texts, and by examining 'exceptional technologies' such as imagined, failed, and impossible technologies that fall outside philosophy of technology's current focus, this book offers a practical guide to thinking about and using continental philosophy and philosophy of technology. It outlines and enacts three key characteristics of philosophy as practiced in the continental tradition: close reading of the history of philosophy; focus on critique; and openness to other disciplinary fields. Smith deploys the concept of exceptional technologies to provide a novel way of widening discussion in philosophy of technology, navigating the relationship between philosophy of technology and Continental philosophy; the history of both these fields; the role of imagination in relation to technologies; and the social function of technologies themselves.