This book is a collection of distinct essays that explore the future of philosophy by critically examining 10 key texts on consciousness and artificial intelligence. These reviews, several of which were published as stand-alone pieces on Integral World in Europe, explore the ins and outs of what self-reflective awareness is and what it means to be human in an increasingly digitized world. What is perhaps most telling in these various books is not where they will be right, but where they will be wrong and what they didn´t foresee. It is always illustrative and deeply informative to look back at what previous prognosticators had envisioned 20 to 30 years hence. Nicholas Negroponte´s prophetic tome, Being Digital, published back in the early days of the World Wide Web (1995), was right on the mark on many of his predictions, but what he didn´t foreshadow (at least not as clearly and cleanly) was how certain companies would monopolize the Internet. Today, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft dominate the navigation habits of large chunks of the population. Moreover, few predictors realized how powerful Google search would become or how addicting smart phones would become to the general populace. So, books dealing with the future of philosophy and where we are heading technologically should come with a warning for readers/listeners: look to what is not being said and take what is being prophesized with some necessary grains of intellectual skepticism. Having been on the Internet since 1984 when I was getting my undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, I am keenly aware of the amazing strides that have been made in the past three decades. I never would have imagined then how powerful our personal computers would become or how almost everyone would connect to each other hourly, if not minute-by-minute. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Dorr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062038/bk_acx0_062038_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you bored of the endless scroll of your social media feed? Do you swipe left before considering the human being whose face you just summarily rejected? Do you skim articles on your screen in search of intellectual stimulation that never arrives? If so, this book is the philosophical lifeline you have been waiting for. Offering a timely meditation on the profound effects of constant immersion in technology, also known as the Interface, Wish I Were Here draws on philosophical analysis of boredom and happiness to examine the pressing issues of screen addiction and the lure of online outrage. Without moralizing, Mark Kingwell takes seriously the possibility that current conditions of life and connection are creating hollowed-out human selves, divorced from their own external world. While scrolling, swiping, and clicking suggest purposeful action, such as choosing and connecting with others, Kingwell argues that repeated flicks of the finger provide merely the shadow of meaning, by reducing us to scattered data fragments, Twitter feeds, Instagram posts, shopping preferences, and text trends captured by algorithms. Written in accessible language that references both classical philosophers and contemporary critics, Wish I Were Here turns to philosophy for a cure to the widespread unease that something is amiss in modern waking life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Adam Lofbomm. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/015714/bk_tant_015714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sometimes it´s better to forget than to remember. Maybe it´s an embarrassing photo on Facebook. Or perhaps a collective memory that´s been used by certain ethnic groups to stir up hatred of their enemies. We explore the science, history, and philosophy of memory. Plus, filmmaker Whit Stillman on his film adaptation of a forgotten Jane Austen novel. [Broadcast Date: June 1, 2016] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/160601/rt_tbon_160601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Within this essential volume, leading social media expert Michael Malone explains the key approaches and philosophy that form the backbone of virtually every effective social media implementation regardless of platforms used, whether Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or other combined options. Citing real-world strategies adopted by such diverse brands as WoodenBoat magazine and the Grateful Dead, Malone lays out fundamental guidelines without which no attempt at social media outreach will succeed. Whether you are building a social media presence catering to a large international constituency or local fans of a popular neighborhood coffeehouse, Malone´s insights are sure to prove invaluable. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ward Paxton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018966/bk_acx0_018966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue: A highlight of the Top-20 selections from Fast Company´s list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. ´´Chipotle’s Secret Menu´´: A sea change in fast-food philosophy. ´´Giving and Relieving´´: Four economists came up with a simple but effective way of helping the World’s poor. ´´In the Game Against Facebook, Amazon and Apple, House Google is Winning´´: How Google is winning. ´´Risky Innovation: Why Starbucks risky approach to innovation has worked so well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/fast/130601/pe_fast_130601_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas, Roberto Simanowski wonders if we are on the brink of a society that views social, political, and ethical challenges as technological problems that can be fixed with the right algorithm, the best data, or the fastest computer. For example, the ´´death algorithm ¿ is programmed into a driverless car to decide, in an emergency, whether to plow into a group of pedestrians, a mother and child, or a brick wall. Can such life-and-death decisions no longer be left to the individual human? In these incisive essays, Simanowski asks us to consider what it means to be living in a time when the president of the United States declares the mainstream media to be an enemy of the people¿while Facebook transforms the people into the enemy of mainstream media. Simanowski describes smartphone zombies (or ´´smombies¿) who remove themselves from the physical world to the parallel universe of social media networks; calls on Adorno to help parse Trump´s tweeting; considers transmedia cannibalism, as written text is transformed into a postliterate object; compares the economic and social effects of the sharing economy to a sixteen-wheeler running over a plastic bottle on the road; and explains why philosophy mat become the most important element in the automotive and technology industries.
Peter Thiel is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and author. The PayPal cofounder and Facebook´s first professional investor was ranked number four on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion, and number 246 on the Forbes 400 in 2016, with a net worth of $2.7 billion. Thiel was born in Frankfurt and holds German citizenship. He moved with his family to the United States as an infant and spent a portion of his upbringing in Africa before returning to the US and attending San Mateo High School. He studied philosophy at Stanford University, graduating with a BA in 1989. He then went on to the Stanford Law School and received his JD in 1992. After graduation, he worked as a judicial clerk for Judge James Larry Edmondson, a securities lawyer for Sullivan & Cromwell, a speechwriter for former US Secretary of Education William Bennett, and as a derivatives trader at Credit Suisse prior to founding Thiel Capital in 1996. He then cofounded PayPal in 1999 and served as chief executive officer until its sale to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. After eBay´s acquisition of PayPal, he founded Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund. He launched Palantir Technologies, an analytical software company, in 2004 and continues to serve as its chairman as of 2016. His Founders Fund, a venture capital firm, was launched in 2005 along with PayPal partners Ken Howery and Luke Nosek. Earlier, Thiel became Facebook´s first outside investor when he acquired a 10.2% stake for $500,000 in August 2004. He sold the majority of his shares in Facebook for over $1 billion in 2012 but remains on the board of directors. He also cofounded Valar Ventures in 2010 and operates as its chairman, cofounded Mithril Capital, of which he is investment committee chair, in 2012, and has served as a partner in Y Combinator since 2015. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew S. Baldwin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092768/bk_acx0_092768_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
We depend on¿we believe in¿algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It´s as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations¿the marriage vow, the shaman´s curse¿do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In this book, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm¿in practical terms, ´´a method for solving a problem¿¿has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking. Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson´s Snow Crash to Diderot´s Encyclopédie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost´s satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google´s goal of anticipating our questions, Uber´s cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things.