A Brief Guide to the End of the World: Asteroids, Supervolcanoes, Rogue Robots, and More
Among the potential threats to the continued survival of humanity discussed in this book are climate change, nuclear war, asteroid impact and disease. Each topic is explored in the light of the latest research to gauge its likelihood, how the threat might play out, the measures we can take to mitigate it, and survival techniques if the worst should happen.
Talking to Robots
A Brief Guide to Our Human-Robot Futures
Based on discussions with scientists, inventors and philosophers, this collection of 24 imagined future scenarios explores the way humans and artificial intelligence might interact in the future. Including robots used as self-driving vehicles, politicians, warriors, sexbots and even a God Bot, each section explains how the technology could work, while examining the social and ethical implications.
The AI Does Not Hate You
The Rationalists and Their Quest to Save the World
Could Artificial Intelligence solve all humanity’s problems, or should we be worried about the development of superintelligent machines? Science journalist Tom Chivers reports on a community of people who are using skills and methods of rationality to work out what might happen when machines are as clever as humans – and how to prevent AI from threatening our very existence. Off-mint.
Science for Life
A Manual for Better Living
Bestselling writer Brian Clegg examines the multiplicity of claims in the media and on the internet about which foods and practices are genuinely good or bad for your health. He takes a sceptical look at popular beliefs such as those about E-numbers, caffeine, antioxidants and phone masts, exposing myths to provide reliable information. Slightly off-mint.
The Creativity Code
How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think
Beginning with a rough definition of creativity as the drive to come up with something that is new, surprising and has value, the mathematician Marcus de Sautoy asks: can computers be creative? Discussing the ‘bottom up’ approach to AI which, rather than focusing on the human programmer, allows ‘algorithms to roam the digital landscape and learn just as a child does’, he considers the possibility that machines could go beyond the creativity of their coders.
A Visual Atlas from Ancient Greece to Artificial Intelligence
Examples of automata copying human actions date back to the ancient world and the idea of artificial or mechanical humans has had a particularly notable influence on art and the popular imagination since the early 20th century. This celebration of robots in visual culture explores their use in film, music, art, fashion and commerce, from the paintings of Fernand Léger and movies such as The Forbidden Planet to Kraftwerk and Transformers toys.
Superstition and Science
Mystics, Sceptics, Truth-Seekers and Charlatans
The period between the European Renaissance and Enlightenment brought monumental scientific discoveries about gravity, the structure of the solar system and the circulation of the blood, but these coexisted with an almost universal belief in horoscopes and magic. In this book a Tudor historian explores how the great thinkers of the age responded to the entanglement of superstition and science, and shows how their work contributed to debate about the relationship between belief and knowledge.
Six Networks that Changed our World
The first transatlantic telegraph cable failed after a few weeks in 1858 but a successful link was established by 1866, transforming the speed of contact and commerce between Britain and America. With well-chosen illustrations and contributions from commentators including David Attenborough, this Science Museum book explores the innovations in information processing and communications that have revolutionized the world, including broadcasting, the telephone, satellites, cellular phones and the internet, thanks to such pioneers as Babbage, Bell, Berners-Lee, Marconi, Morse and Turing.