Tubes

Author: Andrew Blum
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062096753
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“Andrew Blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound….You will never open an email in quite the same way again.” —Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of Traffic In Tubes, Andrew Blum, a correspondent at Wired magazine, takes us on an engaging, utterly fascinating tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives and reveals the dark beating heart of the Internet itself. A remarkable journey through the brave new technological world we live in, Tubes is to the early twenty-first century what Soul of a New Machine—Tracy Kidder’s classic story of the creation of a new computer—was to the late twentieth.

The Power Of Knowledge

Author: Jeremy Black
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030019854X
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Information is power. For more than five hundred years the success or failure of nations has been determined by a country’s ability to acquire knowledge and technical skill and transform them into strength and prosperity. Leading historian Jeremy Black approaches global history from a distinctive perspective, focusing on the relationship between information and society and demonstrating how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age. Black suggests that the West’s ascension was a direct result of its institutions and social practices for acquiring, employing, and retaining information and the technology that was ultimately produced. His cogent and well-reasoned analysis looks at cartography and the hardware of communication, armaments and sea power, mercantilism and imperialism, science and astronomy, as well as bureaucracy and the management of information, linking the history of technology with the history of global power while providing important indicators for the future of our world.

Theories Of The Mobile Internet

Author: Andrew Herman
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317911113
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This volume proposes the mobile Internet is best understood as a socio-technical "assemblage" of objects, practices, symbolic representations, experiences and affects. Authors from a variety of disciplines discuss practices mediated through mobile communication, including current phone and tablet devices. The converging concepts of Materialities (ranging from the political economy of communication to physical devices) and Imaginaries (including cultural values, desires and perceptions) are touchstones for each of the chapters in the book.

The Great Indian Phone Book

Author: Assa Doron
Editor: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674074270
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Over just a decade in India, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare, unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized staple that even poor fisherman can afford. Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey investigate the social revolution ignited by what may be the most significant communications device in history and explore the whole ecosystem of cheap mobile phones.

How We Got To Now

Author: Steven Johnson
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0698154509
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Farsighted, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.

Resilience Emergencies And The Internet

Author: Mareile Kaufmann
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1351968084
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This book traces how resilience is conceptually grounded in an understanding of the world as interconnected, complex and emergent. In an interconnected world, we are exposed to radical uncertainties, which require new modes of handling them. Security no longer means the promise of protection, but it is redefined as resilience - as security in-formation. Information and the Internet not only play a key role for our understanding of security in highly connected societies, but also for resilience as a new program of tackling emergencies. Social media, cyber-exercises, the collection of digital data and new developments in Internet policy shape resilience as a new form of security governance. Through case studies in these four areas this book documents and critically discusses the relationship between resilience, the Internet and security governance. It takes the reader on a journey from the rise of complexity narratives in the context of security policy to a discussion of the Internet’s influence on resilience practices, and ends with a theory of resilience and the relational. The book shows how the Internet nourishes narratives of connectivity, complexity and emergency in political discourses, and how it brings about new resilience practices. This book will be of much interest to students of resilience studies, Critical Security Studies, Internet-politics, and International Relations in general.

The Weather Machine

Author: Andrew Blum
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9781443438599
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For readers of The Secret Life of Trees and Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic, a positive forecast about weather and those who report on it The Weather Machine chronicles Andrew Blum’s exploration of the world of weather and the people who watch it. Drawing on the immersive tradition of John McPhee, the first-person explanatory science reporting of Mary Roach and Elizabeth Kolbert, the intellectual explorations of James Gleick and Jim Holt, and the unique travelogue of Blum’s own first book, Tubes, Blum takes readers on a journey deep into the weather report. He visits some of the world’s most far-off weather stations and watches the newest satellites blast off. He explores the dogged efforts of computational forecasters to create a living supercomputer model of the atmosphere by dialing in tens of thousands of constantly shifting variables. And he dives inside the weather app on your phone to see how the cloud in the sky becomes the cloud on your screen.

Design For Education

Author: M. Arthur Gensler
Editor: Oro Editions
ISBN: 9780982631218
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Part of the Gensler Monograph series, Design for Education is a timely survey of modern learning environments — from universities to primary schools. Introduced by Andrew Blum, a contributing editor at Metropolis, the book focuses on education's need for facilities that effectively support learning and accommodate growth and change over time. At a time when the education sector in developed countries is dealing with new budget realities, the book considers alternatives such as building repositioning and multipurpose, 24/7 facilities. In high-growth developing countries, it looks at the new campuses of international institutions. Seventeen case studies provide a detailed survey of the education sector's current range of facilities. For each project, the case studies document client intent, design response, key features, and highlights of actual or expected performance. Fully illustrated, the book serves as a guide to the state of the art of academic facilities for a range of pubic and private institutions.

Journey To The Center Of The Sun The Meaning Of The Life Trilogy

Author: Alexei Von Martin
Editor: Independent Edition
ISBN:
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Back cover Sitting on his porch, the Old Man of the Swing Chair recalls his 117 years journey in this world, and his incessant quest for the meaning of Life. The year is 2077. And on this day of his birthday he rediscovers himself in his own history by reminding as much as he could of what had happened. It was something he had been doing for many years now, to keep some logic in the wake of what he remembered as his long life. His first attempt to exist was in a Seminar, and for a while that was good. He then taught philosophy for a lifetime. Then, guided by his Spiritual Master, he visited the Higher Mountain Sage with whom he took a journey in a sphere of light through the Cosmos, leaving the Earth, passing through the Sun-center and going to the Twelfth Planet Of this solar system into a metaphysical universe. There, they visit the Temple of the Infinite, a place in an Electronic Dimension, a sort of Divine nursery, where aspirants to Great Gods, Quadrants and other Divine Patents of great and relative greatness to each other, train their Existential capacities in these Rooms before they go Create around in the Universe of the Ineffable. In this Dimension, such Entities manipulate or only watch the history of any part of the Past in which attention is given, since the times of the existence of the Virgin Space. The Old Man of the Rocking Chair and the Sage of the Highest Mountain observed the action of some of these Entities in the foundation of Earth Reality, when some Simians were Abducted and modified genetically according to the projects of the Target Beings, species of autonomous engineers who travels the Universe to work for the Planetary Regents. He discovered that Nature is only a vehicle for evolution. And Humanity already had the key to do it in 2077. What they call Missing Link is just a test tube on the back of Ships called Albino Beetles. And they have seen human history on earth since this beginning, until the French Revolution, when they understood why the World's Donors would want to shut down humanity in Domes in the 2050s. On his first voyage in search for the Meaning of the Life he discovered more answers in himself than he could imagine. One has seen himself less needy on account of what does not compensate or what can not be changed, though he has never been complete after some of these losses that everyone cries or contemplates according to his ability at some time in his life on earth.There were terrible losses, there were fantastic achievements. Many things are not in the Mind when you want to explain things in the Sensory world, and yet the Old Man of the Swing Chair needed to know the truth.With this the Old man knew that he could be better, so he lived so much.He thought he was right to donate some time to himself. And I should have done this before. So he stopped to listen to his own story every year on his birthday. It helped maintain sanity, he said. And this is just the first of three great journeys in search of the Meaning of Life.