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Charlie Jane Anders
All the Birds in the Sky: A Science Fiction NovelIn this deeply magical tale of life, love, apocalypse, and time travel, childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead don't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. Now they're adults, living in San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a tech group that aims to avert a global climate disaster. Patricia is a graduate of a hidden academy for the world's magically gifted and...
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Date: 28 January 2016
Duration: 00:47:01
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Eric Weiner
The Geography of Genius: A Search for the WorldWhere does genius come from? And what is the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas? In this exploration of the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, we learn how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. Walk in the footsteps (by visiting their stomping grounds) of Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci.
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Date: 26 January 2016
Duration: 01:01:14
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Gretchen Rubin
Better Than BeforeThink of habits as the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?
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Date: 19 January 2016
Duration: 00:55:24
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Michael Cusumano
Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve JobsThe authors of the bestselling Competing on Internet Time (a Business Week top 10 book) analyze the strategies, principles, and skills of three of the most successful and influential figures in business - Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs - offering lessons for all managers and entrepreneurs on leadership, strategy and execution. In less than a decade, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Andy Grove founded three companies that would define the world of technology and transform our lives. At their peaks,...
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Date: 18 November 2015
Duration: 01:03:02
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Jacqueline Carter
One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with MindfulnessResearchers have found that the harried pace of modern office life is taking its toll on productivity, employee engagement, creativity and well-being. Faced with a relentless flood of information and distractions, our brains try to process everything at once - increasing our stress, decreasing our effectiveness and negatively impacting our performance. What can we do to break the cycle of being constantly under pressure, always-on, overloaded with information and in environments filled with distractions?...
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Date: 17 November 2015
Duration: 00:58:29
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Greg Toppo
The Game Believes In You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids SmarterWhat if schools, from the wealthiest suburban preschool to the grittiest urban high school, thrummed with the sounds of deep immersion? More and more people believe that can happen - with the aid of video games. A small group of visionaries who, for the past 40 years, have been pushing to get game controllers into the hands of learners argue that games do truly 'believe in you.' Games focus, inspire and reassure people in ways that many teachers can't. Games give people a chance to learn at their own...
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Date: 12 November 2015
Duration: 01:02:04
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Jerry Kaplan
Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial IntelligenceAs researchers finally crack the code on artificial intelligence, society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change including the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure - but the transition may be protracted and brutal unless we address the two great scourges of the modern...
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Date: 5 November 2015
Duration: 01:04:56
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Sherry Turkle
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital AgeWe live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating and yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. How does this flight from conversation undermine our relationships, creativity, and productivity—and why does reclaiming face-to-face conversation help us regain lost ground?
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Date: 28 October 2015
Duration: 01:03:49
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Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor
Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total MotivationToo often, great cultures feel like magic. While most leaders believe culture is critical to success, few know how to build one, or sustain it over time. What if you knew the science behind the magic - a science so predictive and powerful that you could transform your organization? What if you could use cutting edge psychology to unlock people's innate desire to innovate, experiment, and adapt?
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Date: 22 October 2015
Duration: 01:03:20
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David Mindell
Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of AutonomyFrom drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument for the crucial role of humans in our increasingly technological future. Take a look at the cutting edge of robotics today, debunking commonly held myths and exploring rapidly changing relationships between humans and machines. Explore extreme environments —high atmosphere, deep ocean, and outer space—to reveal where the most advanced robotics already exist. Clarifying misconceptions about the...
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Date: 19 October 2015
Duration: 00:45:04
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Nancy Baym
Personal Connections in the Digital AgeThe internet and the mobile phone have disrupted many of our conventional understandings of our selves and our relationships, raising anxieties and hopes about their effects on our lives. This timely and vibrant book provides frameworks for thinking critically about the roles of digital media in personal relationships. Rather than providing exuberant accounts or cautionary tales, it offers a data-grounded primer on how to make sense of these important changes in relational life. The book identifies the...
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Date: 15 October 2015
Duration: 00:55:52
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Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer
Friend and Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at BothWhat does it take to succeed? This question has fueled a long-running debate. Some have argued that humans are fundamentally competitive, and that pursuing self-interest is the best way to get ahead. Others claim that humans are born to cooperate and that we are most successful when we collaborate with others. But what if, rather than being hardwired to compete or cooperate, we had actually evolved to do both? And how can we unpack the psychology of when and how to interact with people as our friends and...
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Date: 13 October 2015
Duration: 01:03:32
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Ann Leckie
Ancillary MercyThe stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Ancillary Justice. For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq refuses to flee with her...
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Date: 6 October 2015
Duration: 00:52:21
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Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur
Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking With People Who Think DifferentlyCollaborative intelligence, or CQ, is a measure of our ability to think with others on behalf of what matters to us all. It is emerging as a new professional currency at a time when the way we think, interact, and innovate is shifting. In the past, 'market share' companies ruled by hierarchy and topdown leadership. Today, the new market leaders are 'mind share' companies, where influence is more important than power, and success relies on collaboration and the ability to inspire.
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Date: 5 October 2015
Duration: 00:56:54
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Barry Katz
Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley DesignCalifornia's Silicon Valley is purported to be 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. Apple products are famously 'Designed in California,' but, in this first-ever, extensively illustrated history, the role of design in Silicon Valley began decades before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak dreamed...
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Date: 30 September 2015
Duration: 01:10:27
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Pedro Domingos
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our WorldAlgorithms increasingly run our lives. They find books, movies, jobs, and dates for us, manage our investments, and discover new drugs. In the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. Peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone, hear about the blueprint for the future universal learner, and see what the master...
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Date: 29 September 2015
Duration: 01:06:22
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Amy Stewart
Girl Waits With GunBased on the true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs, this novel provides a fascinating window into early America. Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the...
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Date: 21 September 2015
Duration: 00:55:17
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Salman Rushdie
Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight NightsTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a spellbinding blend of history and folklore with tremendous philosophical depth. The perfect entry point for new readers, this is a lush modern fairytale about monsters that are unleashed when reason recedes and religion reigns, and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling.
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Date: 14 September 2015
Duration: 00:47:20
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Felicia Day and Marcie Sillman
YouFrom online entertainment mogul, actress, and 'queen of the geeks' Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. The Internet isn't all cat videos. There's also Felicia Day - violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world... or at least...
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Date: 26 August 2015
Duration: 00:43:44
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John Scalzi
The End of All ThingsA science fiction icon returns to his best-selling Old Man's War universe with a new book: The End of All Things. Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. The Colonial Union was formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more. Now the Colonial Union is living...
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Date: 19 August 2015
Duration: 00:57:27
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Charles Stross
The Annihilation Score, Book A of the Laundry FilesDominique O'Brien - her friends call her Mo - lives a curious double life with her husband, Bob Howard. To the average civilian, they’re boring middle-aged civil servants. But within the labyrinthian secret circles of Her Majesty's government, they're operatives working for the nation's occult security service known as the Laundry, charged with defending Britain against dark supernatural forces threatening humanity. Her latest assignment is assisting the police in containing an unusual outbreak: ordinary...
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Date: 12 August 2015
Duration: 00:57:32
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Tony Hey
The Computing Universe: A Journey through a RevolutionComputers now impact almost every aspect of our lives, from our social interactions to the safety and performance of our cars. How did this happen in such a short time? And this is just the beginning. . . . In this book, Tony Hey and Gyuri Pápay lead us on a journey from the early days of computers in the 1930s to the cutting-edge research of the present day that will shape computing in the coming decades. Along the way, they explain the ideas behind hardware, software, algorithms, Moore's Law, the birth...
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Date: 25 June 2015
Duration: 00:56:59
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
Kentaro Toyama
Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of TechnologyAfter a decade designing technologies meant to address education, health, and global poverty, award-winning computer scientist Kentaro Toyama came to a difficult conclusion: Even in an age of amazing technology, social progress depends on human changes that gadgets can’t deliver.Computers in Bangalore are locked away in dusty cabinets because teachers don't know what to do with them. Mobile phone apps meant to spread hygiene practices in Africa fail to improve health. Executives in Silicon Valley...
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Date: 23 June 2015
Duration: 00:54:10
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Bob Mankoff
How About Never – Is Never Good For You?: My Life in CartoonsThe New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes ~17 of them. The magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed 'humor analyst' dissects the comedy within just some of the 'idea drawings' featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. More than...
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Date: 4 June 2015
Duration: 00:56:30
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Richard Thaler and Tren Griffin
In conversation about: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral EconomicsWhether buying a new car, selling baseball tickets, or applying for a mortgage, we all succumb to biases and make decisions that deviate from the standards of rationality assumed by economists. In other words, we misbehave. More importantly, our misbehavior has serious consequences. Dismissed at first by economists as an amusing sideshow, the study of human miscalculations and their effects on markets now drives efforts to make better decisions in our lives, our businesses, and our governments. Coupling...
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Date: 28 May 2015
Duration: 01:08:04
Collection: Visiting Speaker Series
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