The traditional search engine will evolve into a digital personal assistant that tracks your activities and automatically delivers helpful information, according to Microsoft's Stefan Weitz, whose excellent book takes an optimistic view of this future while acknowledging the potential pitfalls.
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Essential reading for technophiles
Some have disparaged Ada Lovelace's contribution to the development of computer theory, but author James Essinger is adamant that 'genius' is the right word.
Brian Krebs's blend of investigative reporting and cybersecurity expertise makes for an informative and entertaining read.
This gorgeous atlas of a modern city does what most infographics only aspire to: it takes a vast amount of information and makes it clear and understandable.
This entertaining and original publication explains the implications of sharing personal information in the era of big data analytics, through the medium of the graphic novella.
Is cash outdated? In this thought-provoking book, digital money and digital identity expert Dave Birch explains why he thinks so, and outlines the emerging identity-based payments ecosystem that may replace it.
This absorbing documentary follows film-maker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald as they make contact with the whistleblower and unleash a media storm.
MIT professor Alex Pentland outlines his theories on how good ideas arise and spread, and how sensors and big data analysis can deliver better social outcomes.
How does internet technology change the reality of what humans do? In this book, Jamie Bartlett explores some of the internet's wilder shores in search of an answer.
This book explains what it covers very well, but in a field that's moving as fast as big data and machine learning, its sound but rather traditional approach may soon look a little dated.
According to Michael Lewis, the financial markets are rigged, with banks and big brokers operating 'dark pools' that can be exploited by high-frequency traders. This book exposes the scam, and describes how one group is trying to change the game.
Is there a simple answer to the future of technology and the world of work? Probably not, but this thought-provoking book might help you relax and stop worrying about it so much.
Smartphones and computers can not only enrich our lives, they can also be used to expose them. This book explores many examples of technological 'creepiness', and offers advice on how to protect your privacy.
Cult of Mac editor/publisher Leander Kahney provides some interesting details about what makes a great designer, but adds little new material to the well-stocked library of existing books about Apple.
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