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Quantum inspired computational intelligence : research and applications \
edited by, Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, Ujjwal Maulik, Paramartha Dutta
Cambridge, MA : Morgan Kaufmann, [2017]
Baker Berry Cook Q342 .Q25 2017

Superintelligence : paths, dangers, strategies
Bostrom, Nick, 1973- author
New York : Oxford University Press, 2016
The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains. If machine brains one day come to surpass human brains in general intelligence, then this new superintelligence could become very powerful. As the fate of the gorillas now depends more on us humans than on the gorillas themselves, so the fate of our species then would come to depend on the actions of the machine superintelligence. But we have one advantage: we get to make the first move. Will it be possible to construct a seed AI or otherwise to engineer initial conditions so as to make an intelligence explosion survivable? How could one achieve a controlled detonation? To get closer to an answer to this question, we must make our way through a fascinating landscape of topics and considerations. Read the book and learn about oracles, genies, singletons; about boxing methods, tripwires, and mind crime; about humanity's cosmic endowment and differential technological development; indirect normativity, instrumental convergence, whole brain emulation and technology couplings; Malthusian economics and dystopian evolution; artificial intelligence, and biological cognitive enhancement, and collective intelligence. --
Baker Berry Cook Easy Q335 .B67 2016

The silences of science : gaps and pauses in the communication of science
edited by Felicity Mellor and Stephen Webster
London ; Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
"Through a range of case studies from historical and contemporary situations, this volume draws attention to the significance of silence, its different qualities and uses, and the nature, function and meaning of silence for science and technology studies."--Book description,
On Display at Dana Q223 .S544 2017

On Aristotle on Coming-to-be 1.6-2.4
Philoponus, John, active 6th century, author
London : Bloomsbury, 2014
Baker Berry Q151.A63 P47213 2014b

American eclipse : a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world
Baron, David, 1964- author
New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Prologue: Shall the sun be darkened -- Part one: 1876. Reign of shoddy -- Professor of quadruplicity -- Nemesis -- "Petticoat parliament" -- Part two: 1878. Politics and moonshine -- The wizard in Washington -- Sic transit -- "Good woman that she are" -- Show business -- Part three: 1878. Among the tribes of uncivilization -- Queen city -- Nature's editor -- Old probabilities -- Part four: 1878. Favored mortals -- First contact -- Totality -- American genius -- Part five: 1878-1931. Ghosts -- Shadow and light -- Epilogue: Tendrils of history.

In vibrant historical detail, American Eclipse animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy, revealing the challenges faced by three of the most determined eclipse chasers who participated in this adventure. James Craig Watson, in his day a renowned asteroid hunter; Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who fought to demonstrate that science and higher learning were not anathema to femininity; and Thomas Edison, a young inventor and irrepressible showman. With vivid accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, Baron's page-turning drama not only brings to life the mythologized age of the Wild West in a totally unexpected way but forever memorializes an historic eclipse that would come to symbolize American science in its ascendance.--
Kresge Q127.U6 B2755 2017

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