A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we´re living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks Most history is hierarchical: it´s about emperors, presidents, prime ministers, and field marshals. It´s about states, armies, and corporations. It´s about orders from on high. Even history ´´from below´´ is often about trade unions and workers´ parties. But what if that´s simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change? The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn´t mean they are not real. From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower tells the story of the rise, fall, and rise of networks, and shows how network theory - concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions, and phase transitions - can transform our understanding of both the past and the present. Just as The Ascent of Money put Wall Street into historical perspective, so The Square and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption - and which will 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elliot Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003366/bk_peng_003366_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The history of computing could be told as the story of hardware and software or the story of the Internet or the story of ´´smart´´ handheld devices, with subplots involving IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. In this concise and accessible account of the invention and development of digital technology, computer historian Paul Ceruzzi offers a broader and more useful perspective. He identifies four major threads that run throughout all of computing´s technological development: digitization - the coding of information, computation, and control in binary form, ones and zeros; the convergence of multiple streams of techniques, devices, and machines, yielding more than the sum of their parts; the steady advance of electronic technology, as characterized famously by ´´Moore´s Law´´; and the human-machine interface. Ceruzzi guides us through computing history, telling how a Bell Labs mathematician coined the word digital in 1942 (to describe a high-speed method of calculating used in antiaircraft devices) and recounting the development of the punch card (for use in the 1890 US Census). He describes the ENIAC, built for scientific and military applications; the UNIVAC, the first general purpose computer; and ARPANET, the Internet´s precursor. Ceruzzi´s account traces the world-changing evolution of the computer from a room-size ensemble of machinery to a ´´minicomputer´´ to a desktop computer to a pocket-sized smartphone. He describes the development of the silicon chip, which could store ever-increasing amounts of data and enabled ever-decreasing device size. He visits that hotbed of innovation, Silicon Valley, and brings the story up to the present with the Internet, the World Wide Web, and social networking. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Andres Pabon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001762/bk_gdan_001762_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
California´s Silicon Valley is home to the greatest concentration of designers in the world: corporate design offices at flagship technology companies and volunteers at nonprofit NGOs; global design consultancies and boutique studios; research laboratories and academic design programs. Together they form the interconnected network that is Silicon Valley. Apple products are famously ´´designed in California´´, but, as Barry Katz shows in this first-ever, extensively illustrated history, the role of design in Silicon Valley began decades before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak dreamed up Apple in a garage. Offering a thoroughly original view of the subject, Katz tells how design helped transform Silicon Valley into the most powerful engine of innovation in the world. From Hewlett-Packard and Ampex in the 1950s to Google and Facebook today, design has provided the bridge between research and development, art and engineering, technical performance and human behavior. Katz traces the origins of all of the leading consultancies - including IDEO, frog, and Lunar - and shows the process by which some of the world´s most influential companies came to place design at the center of their business strategies. At the same time, universities, foundations, and even governments have learned to apply ´´design thinking´´ to their missions. Drawing on unprecedented access to a vast array of primary sources and interviews with nearly every influential design leader - including Douglas Engelbart, Steve Jobs, and Don Norman - Katz reveals design to be the missing link in Silicon Valley´s ecosystem of innovation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Ptratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001761/bk_gdan_001761_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the best-selling author of Console Wars.From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey - then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer - invents a device that has the potential to change everything.With the help of a video game legend, a serial entrepreneur, and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy start-up kick-starts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned, and never-ending twists and turns - including an unlikely multibillion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality.Drawing on more than 100 interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns, and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Graybill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008258/bk_harp_008258_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson. What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world. Most history is hierarchical: it´s about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that´s simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati? The 21st century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Those looking forward to a utopia of interconnected ´netizens´ may therefore be disappointed. For networks are prone to clustering, contagions and even outages. And the conflicts of the past already have unnerving parallels today, in the time of Facebook, Islamic State and Trumpworld. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sackville. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000999/bk_pauk_000999_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017Franklin 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 ste 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Cashman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/003280/bk_peng_003280_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From award winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and the best-selling author of The Sex Slave Murders 1 & 2, Serial Killer Couples, and Murder of the Banker´s Daughter comes Murder Chronicles, a gripping collection of true crime tales. Includes ten compelling stories of murder, madness, and mayhem that span nearly a century of American history and homicidal criminality that will keep you reading from beginning to end, while staying with long after. ´´Murder at the Pencil Factory´´, the brutal murder of a young girl turn locals into vigilantes out for justice. The ´´Gold Special´´ Train Robbery, a daring train robbery by a trio of brother bandits goes wrong and turns deadly. ´´Murder of the Banker´s Daughter´´, a brazen abduction of a schoolgirl turns tragic as authorities hunt for the killer. ´´Mass Murder in the Sky´´, a mother´s Christmas gift turns deadly, exploding in airliner above Denver, with a domestic terrorist on loose. ´´The Amityville Massacre´´, family is shot to death by a killer too close to home. Inspiration for The Amityville Horror movies. ´´The Pickaxe Killers´´, pair of killers seek revenge and pay the price themselves. ´´Murderous Tandem´´, two killers pick off victims one by one till brought to justice. ´´Murder in Mission Hill´´, a wife´s murder draws national attention with an unlikely killer on the loose. ´´Murder in Bellevue´´, in a case of parricide, a teenage girl´s obsession turns deadly. ´´Murder of a Star Quarterback´´, adultery, jealousy, fame, and fortune turn deadly for a well-known ex-football great. Bonus material include excerpts from bestselling true crime books by R. Barri Flowers, The Sex Slave Murders and Serial Killer Couples. John Raab, CEO/Publisher on The Sex Slave Murders Follow author on Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Goodreads, LibraryThing, YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, and www.rbarriflowers.net and www.rbarriflowers.com. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Eastman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026740/bk_acx0_026740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.