ZDNet UK Book Reviews
Essential reading for technophiles
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.
Even if you don't agree with its ambitious theory about what makes businesses successful in the internet age, this book is full of interesting insights and useful advice.
Does technology make public embarrassment and disgrace worse, or does it just spread the humiliation around more evenly? This book documents dozens of scandals, small and large, to ask whether we're losing control of lives that are increasingly lived in public.