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  1. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Audiobook Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
  2. The Sin Eater Audiobook The Sin Eater
  3. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Be Audiobook Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Be
  4. Near Dark: A Thriller Audiobook Near Dark: A Thriller
  5. Coming Home to Island House Audiobook Coming Home to Island House
  6. Outsider: A Novel of Suspense Audiobook Outsider: A Novel of Suspense
  7. What You Wish For: A Novel Audiobook What You Wish For: A Novel
  8. The Alchemist Audiobook The Alchemist
  9. Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex Audiobook Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex
  10. Tempt Me Audiobook Tempt Me
WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy Audiobook

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy

Author: David Leigh, Luke Harding Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Release Date: June 2011

It was the biggest leak in history. WikiLeaks infuriated the world's greatest superpower, embarrassed the British royal family and helped cause a revolution in Africa. The man behind it was Julian Assange, one of the strangest figures ever to become a worldwide celebrity. Was he an internet messiah or a cyber-terrorist? Information freedom fighter or sex criminal? The debate would echo around the globe as US politicians called for his assassination. Award-winning Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding have been at the centre of a unique publishing drama that involved the release of some 250,000 secret diplomatic cables and classified files from the Afghan and Iraq wars. At one point the platinum-haired hacker was hiding from the CIA in David Leigh's London house. Now, together with the paper's investigative reporting team, Leigh and Harding reveal the startling inside story of the man and the leak.

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Who's Afraid of AI?: Fear and Promise in the Age of Thinking Machines Audiobook

Who's Afraid of AI?: Fear and Promise in the Age of Thinking Machines

Author: Thomas Ramge Narrator: Tom Parks Release Date: April 2019

A penetrating guide to artificial intelligence: what it is, what it does, and how it will change our lives At a breathtaking pace, artificial intelligence is getting better and faster at making complex decisions. AI can already identify malignant tumors on CT scans, give legal advice, out-bluff the best poker players in the world, and, with ever-increasing skill, drive our cars. In Who’s Afraid of AI?, award-winning author Thomas Ramge expertly explains how machines are learning to learn, and he questions what today’s explosion of AI capability could mean for tomorrow: Is it ethical to allow robots—endlessly patient—to replace human caregivers in providing comfort and companionship to the elderly?Since AI feeds on big data, can we prevent its misuse by corporations or the government?Will AI ever be capable of runaway self-improvement? And if “the singularity” does arrive, with AI’s intelligence exponentially outpacing our own, what will become of us when, in many ways, we’re obsolete?

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Who Owns the Future? Audiobook

Who Owns the Future?

Author: Jaron Lanier Narrator: Pete Simoneilli Release Date: July 2013

Jaron Lanier is the prophet of Silicon Valley--the father of virtual reality and one of the most visionary thinkers about technology and culture of our time. Today, you can’t buy a car, fill it up with gas, drill for oil, wear a prosthetic limb, undergo certain types of surgery, or play a game on the Xbox without benefiting from his inventions and insights. When Hollywood wants to envision the future, directors bring Jaron on set to tell them what it will look like. When Knopf published his book You Are Not a Gadget, it received major attention and sold fifty thousand copies. That book was a critique of social media, and was mostly a synthesis of previous writings. Still, Michiko Kakutani named it one of her ten favorite books of the year. It was the cover of the New York Review of Books and featured widely. Jaron was named to the Time 100 and the New Yorker published a major profile of him. This book, Who Owns the Future?, is much more ambitious and controversial. It’s about the effect network technology is having on our economy, and it connects the rise of digital networks (like Google and Facebook, but also hedge funds and mortgage lenders) over the past several years to the recession and decline of the middle class. Here’s an example of how that works. Kodak, at the height of its power, employed 140,000 people and was worth 28 billion dollars. They even invented the first digital camera sensor. But today Kodak is bankrupt, and the new face of digital photography is Instagram, which was sold to Facebook for a billion dollars last year, when it employed only thirteen people. Where did those 139,987 jobs go? And what happened to the wealth that those middle-class jobs created? This book is built to answer questions just like that. As technology flattens more and more industries, from media to medicine to manufacturing, we will face huge new challenges to our employment. It’s absolutely essential that we figure out how our information economy can support a thriving middle class. And that’s where Jaron Lanier comes in. Instagram isn’t worth a billion dollars because those thirteen people are so great. It’s worth that much because of the millions of users who contribute to their network, but don’t get paid for it. Networks need a great number of people to participate in them in order to generate value. But when they do, only a small number of people get paid, and that has the net effect of eroding the middle class--by concentrating wealth, while limiting overall economic growth. This book proposes an alternative future in which each one of us is paid for what we do and share on the web. Everyone who lives a part of their lives online, or who works in a business that’s being affected by new technology, has a stake in this debate. As Lanier writes, "information is just people in disguise"—and our markets should be rewarding people in an information economy, rather than taking advantage of them. Who Owns the Future? is hardheaded but hopeful, a new masterwork that will be revered for its humane insight into the effect technology has had on our culture and economy, and how we can win back our future.

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Who Can You Trust?: How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart Audiobook

Who Can You Trust?: How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart

Author: Rachel Botsman Narrator: Caroline Baum Release Date: November 2017

If you can't trust those in charge, who can you trust? From government to business, banks to media, trust in institutions is at an all-time low. But this isn't the age of distrust--far from it. In this revolutionary book, world-renowned trust expert Rachel Botsman reveals that we are at the tipping point of one of the biggest social transformations in human history--with fundamental consequences for everyone. A new world order is emerging: we might have lost faith in institutions and leaders, but millions of people rent their home to total strangers, exchange digital currencies, or find themselves trusting a bot. This is the age of "distributed trust", a paradigm shift driven by innovative technologies that are rewriting the rules of an all-too-human relationship. If we are to benefit from this radical shift, we must understand the mechanics of how trust is built, managed, lost and repaired in the digital age. In the first book to explain this new world, Botsman provides a detailed map of this uncharted landscape--and explores what's next for humanity.

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Where will Man Take Us Audiobook

Where will Man Take Us

Author: Atul Jalan Narrator: Sumit Kaul Release Date: November 2019

The first person who will live to be 150 years old has already been born. The screen that we peer into will soon be within us. We could soon be taking happiness pills before breakfast. The perfect partner might need to be charged before bed. This is a new world we are walking into. And the man who began this journey won't be the man who ends this journey. Where Will Man Take Us? explores the changes technology is bringing about in us-as a society and as a species. What will the next generation turn into, what will it be like, how will the new Adam and Eve live and love? In this book, Atul Jalan tackles nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and genetics, seamlessly weaving the future of technology with the changing dynamics of human love, morality and ethics.

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What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence Audiobook

What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence

Author: John Brockman Narrator: Brett Barry, Lisa Larsen Release Date: October 2015

As the world becomes ever more dominated by technology, John Brockman’s latest addition to the acclaimed and bestselling “Edge Question Series” asks more than 175 leading scientists, philosophers, and artists: What do you think about machines that think? The development of artificial intelligence has been a source of fascination and anxiety ever since Alan Turing formalized the concept in 1950. Today, Stephen Hawking believes that AI “could spell the end of the human race.” At the very least, its development raises complicated moral issues with powerful real-world implications—for us and for our machines. In this volume, recording artist Brian Eno proposes that we’re already part of an AI: global civilization, or what TED curator Chris Anderson elsewhere calls the hive mind. And author Pamela McCorduck considers what drives us to pursue AI in the first place. On the existential threat posed by superintelligent machines, Steven Pinker questions the likelihood of a robot uprising. Douglas Coupland traces discomfort with human-programmed AI to deeper fears about what constitutes “humanness.” Martin Rees predicts the end of organic thinking, while Daniel C. Dennett explains why he believes the Singularity might be an urban legend. Provocative, enriching, and accessible, What Do You Think About Machines That Think? may just be a practical guide to the not-so-distant future.

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What is the Dark Web?: The truth about the hidden part of the internet Audiobook

What is the Dark Web?: The truth about the hidden part of the internet

Author: Evan J. Rodgers Narrator: David Loving Release Date: September 2018

Is privacy in a digital world still possible? Are you feeling watched every time you go online? In this digital era, privacy has become a luxury. If we are not careful someday we will end up having to fight for our privacy. The Dark Web carries many controversies regarding anonymity in today's era. Still, with that many information out there, it is hard to know which side is right. But what if you were given the chance to form your own opinion? This book gives you condensed information about this complex topic. You get to choose which side you are on. Some of the main points you can find in this book include:The importance of privacyHow the Dark Web came to beThe Dark Web now and what is really isIllicit and licit websites operating on the Dark WebThe Dark Web and the rise of cryptocurrenciesHow we can benefit from such a technologyRumors about the dark web are starting to surface more and more. Still, the negativity surrounding it seems to overshadow any potential upside. If you want to see both sides of the coin and be able to form your own opinion, then this book is for you.

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What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing Audiobook

What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing

Author: Ed Finn Narrator: Scott Merriman Release Date: March 2017

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 What Algorithms Want, 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. If we want to understand the gap between abstraction and messy reality, Finn argues, we need to build a model of "algorithmic reading" and scholarship that attends to process, spearheading a new experimental humanities.

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Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor Audiobook

Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor

Author: Tim Berners-Lee Narrator: Tim Berners-Lee Release Date: June 2006

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been hailed by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of this century.His creation has already changed the way people do business, entertain themselves, exchange ideas, and socialize with one another. With new online businesses and communities forming every day, the full impact of Berners-Lee's grand scheme has yet to be fully realized. Now, this low-profile genius tells his own story of the Web's origins--from its radical introduction and the creation of the now ubiquitous WWW and HTTP acronyms to how he sees the future development of this revolutionary medium.Berners-Lee offers insights to help listeners understand the true nature of the Web, enabling them to use it to their fullest advantage. He shares his views on such critical issues as censorship, privacy, and the increasing power of software companies in the online world.

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We Have Root: Even More Advice from Schneier on Security Audiobook

We Have Root: Even More Advice from Schneier on Security

Author: Bruce Schneier Narrator: Graham Rowat Release Date: December 2019

In his latest collection of essays, security expert Bruce Schneier tackles a range of cybersecurity, privacy, and real-world security issues ripped from the headlines. Essays cover the ever-expanding role of technology in national security, war, transportation, the Internet of Things, elections, and more. Throughout, he challenges the status quo with a call for leaders, voters, and consumers to make better security and privacy decisions and investments. Bruce's writing has previously appeared in some of the world's best-known and most-respected publications, including The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, and many others. And now you can enjoy his essays in one place--at your own speed and convenience. - Timely security and privacy topics - The impact of security and privacy on our world - Perfect for fans of Bruce's blog and newsletter - Lower price than his previous essay collections The essays are written for anyone who cares about the future and implications of security and privacy for society.

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We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory Audiobook

We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory

Author: Christine Lagorio-Chafkin Narrator: Chloe Cannon Release Date: October 2018

A riveting look inside Reddit, the wildly popular, often misunderstood website, whose intensely-engaged users have changed the culture of the Internet--"a must-read for anyone hoping to make sense of the century ahead" (Ashlee Vance, bestselling author of Elon Musk). Reddit hails itself as "the front page of the Internet." It's the third most-visited website in the United States--and yet, millions of Americans have no idea what it is. We Are the Nerds is an engrossing look deep inside this captivating, maddening enterprise, whose army of obsessed users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes and spurring tens of millions of dollars in charitable donations to seeding alt-right fury and landing Donald Trump in the White House. We Are the Nerds is a gripping start-up narrative: the story of how Reddit's founders, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, rose up from their suburban childhoods to become millionaires and create an icon of the digital age--before seeing the site engulfed in controversies and nearly losing control of it for good. Based on Christine Lagorio-Chafkin's exclusive access to founders Ohanian and Huffman, We Are the Nerds is also a compelling exploration of the way we all communicate today--and how we got here. Reddit and its users have become a mirror of the Internet: it has dingy corners, shiny memes, malicious trolls, and a sometimes heart-melting ability to connect people across cultures, oceans, and ideological divides.

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We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency Audiobook

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency

Author: Parmy Olson Narrator: Abby Craden Release Date: June 2012

A thrilling, exclusive expose of the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec. WE ARE ANONYMOUS is the first full account of how a loosely assembled group of hackers scattered across the globe formed a new kind of insurgency, seized headlines, and tortured the feds-and the ultimate betrayal that would eventually bring them down. Parmy Olson goes behind the headlines and into the world of Anonymous and LulzSec with unprecedented access, drawing upon hundreds of conversations with the hackers themselves, including exclusive interviews with all six core members of LulzSec. In late 2010, thousands of hacktivists joined a mass digital assault on the websites of VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal to protest their treatment of WikiLeaks. Other targets were wide ranging-the websites of corporations from Sony Entertainment and Fox to the Vatican and the Church of Scientology were hacked, defaced, and embarrassed-and the message was that no one was safe. Thousands of user accounts from pornography websites were released, exposing government employees and military personnel. Although some attacks were perpetrated by masses of users who were rallied on the message boards of 4Chan, many others were masterminded by a small, tight-knit group of hackers who formed a splinter group of Anonymous called LulzSec. The legend of Anonymous and LulzSec grew in the wake of each ambitious hack. But how were they penetrating intricate corporate security systems? Were they anarchists or activists? Teams or lone wolves? A cabal of skilled hackers or a disorganized bunch of kids? WE ARE ANONYMOUS delves deep into the internet's underbelly to tell the incredible full story of the global cyber insurgency movement, and its implications for the future of computer security.

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