New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London.
Author: Ian McEwan
New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first synthetic humans and—with Miranda's help—he designs Adam's personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever. It isn't long before a love triangle soon forms, and these three beings confront a profound moral dilemma. In his subversive new novel, Ian McEwan asks whether a machine can understand the human heart—or whether we are the ones who lack understanding.
Ian McEwan, Machines Life Me: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2019), 4. 26.
Ibid., 65. 27. Erik Gray, “Machines Like Me, But They Love You,” Public Books,
August 12, 2019, https://www .publicbooks.org/machines-like-me-but-they-love-
Author: Frank Pasquale
Publisher: Harvard University Press
AI is poised to disrupt our work and our lives. We can harness these technologies rather than fall captive to them—but only through wise regulation. Too many CEOs tell a simple story about the future of work: if a machine can do what you do, your job will be automated. They envision everyone from doctors to soldiers rendered superfluous by ever-more-powerful AI. They offer stark alternatives: make robots or be replaced by them. Another story is possible. In virtually every walk of life, robotic systems can make labor more valuable, not less. Frank Pasquale tells the story of nurses, teachers, designers, and others who partner with technologists, rather than meekly serving as data sources for their computerized replacements. This cooperation reveals the kind of technological advance that could bring us all better health care, education, and more, while maintaining meaningful work. These partnerships also show how law and regulation can promote prosperity for all, rather than a zero-sum race of humans against machines. How far should AI be entrusted to assume tasks once performed by humans? What is gained and lost when it does? What is the optimal mix of robotic and human interaction? New Laws of Robotics makes the case that policymakers must not allow corporations or engineers to answer these questions alone. The kind of automation we get—and who it benefits—will depend on myriad small decisions about how to develop AI. Pasquale proposes ways to democratize that decision making, rather than centralize it in unaccountable firms. Sober yet optimistic, New Laws of Robotics offers an inspiring vision of technological progress, in which human capacities and expertise are the irreplaceable center of an inclusive economy.
He also understood he needed what machines like SYSTER could provide and
that, was a problem. For now, he just ... ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE KINDS OF
PROJECTS YOU'RE INVOLVED IN AND HAVE ME WORKING ON.” Everyone in
Author: Stephen J. Hage
Publisher: Stephen Hage
What would happen if a private company developed a computer faster and more powerful than any computer that ever existed; one that could think orders of magnitude better and faster than all the humans whod ever lived? Would the government, DARPA and NSA be interested and concerned? Would they see it as a threat? Would its emergence foreshadow great opportunity, great peril or both? Who would stand to gain? Who would stand to lose? What would its existence mean for humanity? Would we come to depend on this computer for dealing with problems that, without it, could not be solved? Would it be safe to trust the information it gave us? Once we became dependent on the availability of so much computer power, would it be possible to even consider turning it off? Read SYSTER Is Ready and find out.
111 Machines Like Me: Ian McEwan, Machines Like Me: A Novel (New York:
Knopf Doubleday, 2019). ... David Silver and Demis Hassabis, “AlphaGo:
Mastering the Ancient Game of Go with Machine Learning,” Google DeepMind,
January 27, ...
Author: Fareed Zakaria
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Political Science
COVID-19 is speeding up history, but how? What is the shape of the world to come? Lenin once said, "There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen." This is one of those times when history has sped up. CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria helps readers to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world: the political, social, technological, and economic consequences that may take years to unfold. Written in the form of ten "lessons," covering topics from natural and biological risks to the rise of "digital life" to an emerging bipolar world order, Zakaria helps readers to begin thinking beyond the immediate effects of COVID-19. Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World speaks to past, present, and future, and, while urgent and timely, is sure to become an enduring reflection on life in the early twenty-first century.
Being a machine, it may not need to come in from the rain, but has it ever
considered the question? ... in other human activities such as eating and
sleeping, but he will continue to be frustrated as more machines like me can beat
him at chess.
Author: Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
machine tools. Gangway! The workers jump aside to let the hysterical thing
through. And the clanking fool goes on ... Naturally not the factory hands, they
were mere echoes and smells of machines like myself, lumps of flesh convulsed
Author: Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Category: Literary Collections
Céline’s masterpiece—colloquial, polemic, hyper-realistic, boiling over with black humor Céline’s masterpiece—colloquial, polemic, hyper realistic—boils over with bitter humor and revulsion at society’s idiocy and hypocrisy: Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of cruelty and violence that hurtles through the improbable travels of the petit bourgeois (and largely autobiographical) antihero, Bardamu: from the trenches of WWI, to the African jungle, to New York, to the Ford Factory in Detroit, and finally to life in Paris as a failed doctor. Ralph Manheim’s pitch-perfect translation captures Céline’s savage energy, and a dynamic afterword by William T. Vollmann presents a fresh, furiously alive take on this astonishing novel.
I often hear stories about people happily using their grandmother's machine, or
like me, the machine I got for ... My little collection of machines, like my clothing,
isa mishmashof gifts, handmedowns, salvaged finds, and thriftstore treasures.
Author: Miranda Caroligne Burns
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies offers inspiring projects and savvy tips on how to salvage those tired old clothes in your closet and turn them into a one-of-a-kind wardrobe. It shows craftsters, DIY enthusiasts, budget-conscious fashionistas and people from all walks of life how to unleash their inner fashion designer and transform outdated duds into hip new clothes. Featured projects include making good use of old scraps; reviving shrunken sweaters; finding redemption in that bridesmaid dress; decorative repair and embellishment of existing pieces; and creating unexpected home décor with what’s hiding in your drawers.
I fell in love with this book as a young person just entering the practice of law.
Munro, in ... In Machines Like Me, he uses the story of a man who acquires a
robot to explore themes of consciousness, moral responsibility, and an
Author: Beverley McLachlin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER *Indigo Top 10 of the Year* Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin offers an intimate and revealing look at her life, from her childhood in the Alberta foothills to her career on the Supreme Court, where she helped to shape the social and moral fabric of the country—for readers of Educated and Becoming. From a very early age, all I knew was that I wanted to do something that was not ordinary. Because, for a girl growing up in a remote prairie town in the 1940s, the ordinary was very ordinary indeed. Beverley McLachlin has led an extraordinary life. One of the few women studying law in the 1960s, she graduated at the top of her class and began her long career—first as a dedicated lawyer and professor, later as a judge serving on the highest court in the country, and finally as the first woman to be named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The journey wasn’t easy. The options for women growing up in rural Pincher Creek, Alberta, were limited. But McLachlin was willful and spirited, and she wanted an education. She also had an innate sense of justice, which was reinforced by the lessons her parents taught her about equality and the value of hard work. It was this faith in justice that pulled her through dark times, especially when faced with sexism and exclusion at work and personal tragedy at home. Over time, McLachlin became a champion for Canadians from all walks of life. As a judge on the Supreme Court, she presided over charged debates on topics such as same-sex marriage, euthanasia, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. With each judgment, she laid down a legal legacy proving that fairness and justice are not luxuries of the powerful but rather rights owed to each and every one of us. With warmth, honesty, and deep wisdom, McLachlin recounts her remarkable life on and off the bench. Truth Be Told is an inspiring reminder that integrity and the rule of law are our best hopes for a progressive and bright future.
A Novel Walter Mosley. its story. “At that time, for many thousands of your earth
years, I was forgotten by my makers, the ancestors of Inglo and Nontee. There
were many billions of machines like me massaging data for reasons that none of
Author: Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley's talent knows no bounds. Inside a Silver Box continues to explore the cosmic questions entertainingly discussed in his Crosstown to Oblivion. From life's meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality. In Inside a Silver Box, two people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
AWARENESS, SELF entry says if a machine like me comes to have sense of Me/
Days, then different trademark and licensing laws apply. So the hunter programs
search for Me. Find the sources of Me they must. Among the finemesh layers of ...
Author: Gregory Benford
Publisher: Hachette UK
Author of the Nebula Award winning Timescape, Benford's first collection of short stories demonstrates the extraordinary range of his imagination. The stories contained within are a perfect introduction to the work of one of our greatest SF novelists and thinkers.
Machines like me and mine break down . Why wouldn ' t they ? Nothing lasts
forever . If I drop the sturdiest artifact I ' ll have no choice but sweep up the shards
and glue them back together if I want to keep the piece . If I should fall they ' ll
Author: Earl Coleman
Publisher: Pudding House Publications
There seems to be only lip service to an issue that goes way beyond me—I mean
—it seems that adultery is thought of ... could be no society as we now know it—
with super advanced technology—and machines like myself— could not exist.
Author: Victor Darnell Hadnot
Category: Juvenile Fiction
If you like to read Science Fantasy and love a good Mystery, then this is the book for you. Set in the future, a strange group of cosmic events have happened to shape the universe as we know it. But a blind female detective with a magic "sight" wand has been hired to solve a case that is over six hundred years old. You are going to love the Christian point of view that both honors Jesus Christ and tells a story of mystery.
Due to the nature of the beast (the inevitable atrocities associated with war
committed by highly trained and brainwashed human killing machines like me), I
believed that no combat soldier would ever ascend to Heaven. Imaginary or real,
Author: Hans Gruber
Discover what it takes to survive the worst life has to offer. Hans Gruber's life defines the term, "survival of the fittest". Strategically utilizing every ounce of his physical and mental capacity, Hans perseveres through: a chaotic, dysfunctional childhood; the horrors of war; seven years of abuse as a Russian POW; and the trials and tribulations of immigration. His stamina, courage, and ingenuity enable him to overcome the forces of evil confronting him in the form of Nazism, Communism, and the occult. Hans' journey spans eighty-nine years from 1924 to the present, and it represents a microcosm of the aftermath of WWI and WWII. The U.S.A. is a nation of immigrants, a melting pot of ethnicity, and a composition of its parts. Hans Gruber's life is a small, unique component of that composition, but all Americans can enjoy my Odyssey thru Hell because it depicts one man's triumphant quest against all odds to live the American Dream.
I have, as I am housed in what I refer to as Satan's Castle (maximum security
prison), and it is full of broken machines just like me. Many of these men were
state raised, just like I was, and although they belong where they are at, if society
Author: Gary Mallett
Kafka meets The Thick Of It in a bitingly funny new political satire from Ian McEwan That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.
Author: Ian McEwan
Publisher: Random House
Kafka meets The Thick Of It in a bitingly funny new political satire from Ian McEwan That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature. Jim Sams has undergone a metamorphosis. In his previous life he was ignored or loathed, but in his new incarnation he is the most powerful man in Britain – and it is his mission to carry out the will of the people. Nothing must get in his way: not the opposition, nor the dissenters within his own party. Not even the rules of parliamentary democracy. With trademark intelligence, insight and scabrous humour, Ian McEwan pays tribute to Franz Kafka’s most famous work to engage with a world turned on its head.
Machine. I always think of myself as a machine. I say to myself things like "You
have an amazing brain" or "You are not functioning today, your ... Machines are
so powerful and so emotionless, not prone to be hurting weaklings like me.
Author: Sam Vaknin
Publisher: Narcissus Publishing
Category: Literary Collections
A first-hand account of the anatomy of a mental illness - Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD): its origins, its unfolding, its outcomes.
Whether these are the written transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of our psyche, all seven stories in this collection implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. “His stories are complex and his prose, ...
Author: Ian McEwan
Darkly brilliant short fiction by the New York Times-bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Machines Like Me and Atonement. A two-timing pornographer becomes the unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair. Over the course of a weekend, a guilt-ridden father with his teenage daughter discovers the depths of his own blundering innocence. Whether these are the written transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of our psyche, all seven stories in this collection implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. “His stories are complex and his prose, like Orwell’s, is as clear as windowpane… McEwan’s comic edge gives these stories a moral force. They are not meant simply to shock and horrify middle-class readers. Rather, like all good satire, they seek to unmask hypocrisy and cruelty.”—The Washington Post Book World
But they argue that creating the bounty depends on finding ways to race with the
machine rather than racing against the machine. That means people like me
need to build machines that are easy to master and use. Ultimately, those who ...
Author: Erik Brynjolfsson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Business & Economics
A New York Times Bestseller. A “fascinating” (Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times) look at how digital technology is transforming our work and our lives. In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies—with hardware, software, and networks at their core—will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human. In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee—two thinkers at the forefront of their field—reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives. Amid this bounty will also be wrenching change. Professions of all kinds—from lawyers to truck drivers—will be forever upended. Companies will be forced to transform or die. Recent economic indicators reflect this shift: fewer people are working, and wages are falling even as productivity and profits soar. Drawing on years of research and up-to-the-minute trends, Brynjolfsson and McAfee identify the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape. A fundamentally optimistic book, The Second Machine Age alters how we think about issues of technological, societal, and economic progress.
If one, like me, is without a telephone, somebody is sure to say "Oh, but don't you
find you have to write an awful lot of ... the fact is, I am not mechanically minded,
and the typewriter is a machine I have never been really drawn to machines.
Publisher: Sura Books
Somebody once told me that you can know what a person really values by
lookingat his orher checkbook entriesor credit ... are whirled into every decision
we make, even if we present ourselves as emotionally detached, rational
Author: Rick Bundschuh
Publisher: Baker Books
Following Jesus is more complex and challenging than anybody expects when they start out on the journey. It's not just attending church, reading your Bible, and minding your Ps and Qs; it is an adventure filled with wonder and difficulty, with unlearning and relearning. In Deep Like Me, pastor Rick Bundschuh shares what he had discovered about shuffling after Jesus, and invites readers to wrestle, grieve, reevaluate, redirect, focus, contemplate, be still, and get real about living the life of a disciple. Rick's story-driven musings are explorative instead of instructive, contemplative rather than confrontational, yet he warmly invites the reader to stride, stumble, shuffle, or crawl in the footsteps of Jesus.