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Picturing Machines 1400-1700 (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
Picturing Machines 1400-1700 (Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology)
Technical drawings by the architects and engineers of the Renaissance made use of a range of new methods of graphic representation. These drawings—among them Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawings of mechanical devices—have long been studied for their aesthetic qualities and technological ingenuity, but their significance...
Designing Interactions
Designing Interactions
Digital technology has changed the way we interact with everything from the games we play to the tools we use at work. Designers of digital technology products no longer regard their job as designing a physical object—beautiful or utilitarian—but as designing our interactions with it. In Designing Interactions,...
Critical Play: Radical Game Design
Critical Play: Radical Game Design
For many players, games are entertainment, diversion, relaxation, fantasy. But what if certain games were something more than this, providing not only outlets for entertainment but a means for creative expression, instruments for conceptual thinking, or tools for social change? In Critical Play, artist and game designer Mary Flanagan...
Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Reshaping the Economy
Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Reshaping the Economy
A wave of business innovation is driving the productivity resurgence in the U.S. economy. In Wired for Innovation, Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders describe how information technology directly or indirectly created this productivity explosion, reversing decades of slow growth. They argue that the companies with the highest level of...
Famous First Bubbles: The Fundamentals of Early Manias
Famous First Bubbles: The Fundamentals of Early Manias
The jargon of economics and finance contains numerous colorful terms for market-asset prices at odds with any reasonable economic explanation. Examples include "bubble," "tulipmania," "chain letter," "Ponzi scheme," "panic," "crash," "herding," and "irrational...
Disjunctivism: Contemporary Readings (MIT Readers in Contemporary Philosophy)
Disjunctivism: Contemporary Readings (MIT Readers in Contemporary Philosophy)
Winning entry, Professional Cover/Jacket Category, in the 2009 New England Book Show sponsored by Bookbuilders of Boston.

A central debate in contemporary philosophy of perception concerns the disjunctive theory of perceptual experience. Until the 1960s, philosophers of perception generally assumed that a veridical
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The Art of Agent-Oriented Modeling (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents)
The Art of Agent-Oriented Modeling (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents)
Today, when computing is pervasive and deployed over a range of devices by a multiplicity of users, we need to develop computer software to interact with both the ever-increasing complexity of the technical world and the growing fluidity of social organizations. The Art of Agent-Oriented Modeling presents a new conceptual model for...
Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy (Inside Technology)
Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical Democracy (Inside Technology)
Controversies over such issues as nuclear waste, genetically modified organisms, asbestos, tobacco, gene therapy, avian flu, and cell phone towers arise almost daily as rapid scientific and technological advances create uncertainty and bring about unforeseen concerns. The authors of Acting in an Uncertain World argue that political...
Radical Embodied Cognitive Science (Bradford Books)
Radical Embodied Cognitive Science (Bradford Books)
While philosophers of mind have been arguing over the status of mental representations in cognitive science, cognitive scientists have been quietly engaged in studying perception, action, and cognition without explaining them in terms of mental representation. In this book, Anthony Chemero describes this nonrepresentational approach (which he terms...
Mind Design II: Philosophy, Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence
Mind Design II: Philosophy, Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence
"Ming Design II is a welcome update of its predecessor, itself a useful compendium on the philosophy of cognitive science. This new volume retains the intellectual foundations, and some discussions of classical AI built on them, while adding connectionism, situated AI, and dynamic systems theory as extra storeys. Which of these is...
Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction
Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction
In a small warehouse gallery space in the center of Sydney a noise turntablist, Lucas Abela, stands over a stack of vinyl that is bolted to the rotary device of an industrial sewing machine. Instead of spinning the records at 33 or 45 revolutions per minute this “turntable” spins the records at up to 2,850 revolutions per minute. The...
Africa's Turn? (Boston Review Books)
Africa's Turn? (Boston Review Books)
In the West, Africa’s image seems forever torn between two false extremes: Politically Correct Positive and Stereotypically Negative. Those who promote the first want to persuade us that poverty and bad government are not as bad as they seem in Africa, so a little bit of outside aid and advice can cause rapid change for the better. Those who...
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