Technology is evolving faster than we are. As our BlackBerry devices, tablets, and digital capabilities become more and more complex we understand less and less about how they work. we no longer read the instruction manual before powering on, and we demand intuitive interfaces that get us up and running right away. But how many of us actually stop to think about potential threats to our privacy? Our passports broadcast our personal information and could allow terrorists to target us by nationality. Keyless entry systems in many high-tech car models make auto theft easier than ever. Commercial photocopiers are equipped with hard drives that can document everything we ever copied on it. And our digital photos, even after they’re cropped, can expose the entire original image (hope you weren’t doing anything naughty in that facebook profile picture).In When Gadgets Betray Us, Robert Vamosi, a technology reporter and analyst who has been covering the internet age for over a decade, investigates the dark side of digital capability and convenience. He uncovers a secret world of privacy loss that most of us never consider— that is, until something goes terribly wrong. From iPads to BlackBerry devices, online banking to keyless entry systems, we’re increasingly giving over the management of our crucial information to the latest and greatest electronic gadgets.Vamosi helps us comprehend the technology in our everyday lives and develop a common sense about how to protect ourselves. An essential guide for understanding what we’re really signing up for every time we log-in, When Gadgets Betray Us reveals the secret lives of our electronic devices so that we can all better manage the real risks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000534/bk_gdan_000534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Snow is a companion piece to Absolutely Unforgivable, a sort of prequel where we get to experience the romance and turmoil through Billy´s eyes. When you meet that special someone, time divides into before and after. During the last year or so of ‘before´ for Billy Snow, he tries to forget the woman he hasn´t even met. Her photo on his best friend´s Facebook page had so entranced him that he became focused on her status updates, but when Billy finds out his friend is serious about her, he knows he can´t pursue her. Poor Billy. To forget the woman he can´t have, Billy goes looking for love - or perhaps just sex-in all the wrong places. Enjoy this short tale of Facebook infatuation, nine condoms, a gold-digging intern named Monica, and a risky invitation. Then enjoy the ups and downs of ‘after´ in Absolutely Unforgivable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: T.L. Gray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/013406/bk_acx0_013406_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Split Decisions is the follow-up story to She Belongs to Me, a ´´what if´´ type of story that explores the questions we often ask ourselves about our life and the choices we´ve made. Get ready...this is not your normal romantic-suspense...This is romantic-suspense with a supernatural twist. Sometimes you want something so badly you are willing to abandon everything you´ve ever known - including yourself. Eighteen years ago, Jaynee Monroe married the man of her dreams, became the mother of four, and fulfilled her career goals. About to turn 40, she senses something is missing from her idyllic life. While Googling her name in an attempt to find herself, she unearths something so impossible, she contemplates her own sanity. Seeking answers, she embarks on a journey to discover the truth, only to end up abducted by a deranged stranger who insists on calling her Caycee. Caycee took the road less traveled. After rejecting a marriage proposal from the only decent man she has ever known, she ventures to California to become famous. Eighteen years later, success has left her alone and miserable. Attempting to locate her lost love on Facebook, she discovers his infatuation with her. Not only does his presumed-dead wife have Caycee´s uncommon middle name, it also appears he has photoshopped Caycee´s face over his wife´s face. Never could Caycee and Jaynee have imagined that decisions they made years earlier would threaten not only their lives, but also their loved ones. Caycee must now reunite with the southern gent she dismissed 18 years ago and convince him to accompany her to New York to locate his wife, the most important person in both their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Natalie Duke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082136/bk_acx0_082136_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of Time m agazine´s ´32 Books You Need to Read This Summer´ -- ´a riveting read´. PERFECT FOR FANS OF YUVAL NOAH HARARI´S SAPIENS AND HOMO DEUS . ´A refreshing variation on the will-intelligent-robots-bring-Armageddon genre . . . this colorful mixture of expert futurology and quirky speculation does not disappoint´ Kirkus Reviews ´A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.´ Isaac Asimov, The First Law of Robotics What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future, or destroy us? What do some of our greatest thinkers, from physicist Brian Greene and futurist Kevin Kelly to inventor Dean Kamen, geneticist George Church and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, anticipate for our human-robot future? For even as robots and AI intrigue us and make us anxious about the future, our fascination with robots has always been about more than the potential of the technology - it also concerns what robots tell us about being human. From present-day Facebook and Amazon bots to near-future ´intimacy´ bots and ´the robot that swiped my job´ bots, bestselling American popular science writer David Ewing Duncan´s Talking to Robots is a wonderfully entertaining and insightful guide to possible future scenarios about robots, both real and imagined. Featured bots include robot drivers; doc bots; politician bots; warrior bots; sex bots; synthetic bio bots; dystopic bots that are hopefully just bad dreams; and ultimately, God Bot (as described by physicist Brian Greene). These scenarios are informed by discussions with well-known thinkers, engineers, scientists, artists, philosophers and others, who share with us their ideas, hopes and fears about robots. David spoke with, among others, Kevin Kelly, David Baldacci, Brian Greene, Dean Kamen, Craig Venter, Stephanie Mehta, David Eagleman, George Poste, George Church, General R. H. Latiff, Robert Seigel, Emily Morse, David Sinclair, Ken Goldberg, Sunny Bates, Adam Gazzaley, Tim O´Reilly, Tiffany Shlain, Eric Topol and Juan Enriquez. These discussions, along with some reporting on bot-tech, bot-history and real-time societal and ethical issues with robots, are the launch pads for unfurling possible bot futures that are informed by how people and societies have handled new technologies in the past. The book describes how robots work, but its primary focus is on what our fixation with bots and AI says about us as humans: about our hopes and anxieties; our myths, stories, beliefs and ideas about beings both real and artificial; and our attempts to attain perfection. We are at a pivotal moment when our ancient infatuation with human-like beings with certain attributes or superpowers - in mythology, religion and storytelling - is coinciding with our ability to actually build some of these entities.