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2062: The World that AI Made 2062: The World that AI Made
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781760640514
'We've had the run of planet earth for the last few hundred thousand years- this amazing blue green dot, revolving around a rather typical star on a minor spiral arm of the Milky Way. We owe it to our child homo digitalis to get the next few decades right.' 2062 is the year by which we will have built machines as intelligent as us. This is what leading AI and robotics experts predict. But what will this future actually look like? When the quest to build intelligent machines has been successful, how will life on this planet unfold? In 2062, Toby Walsh considers the impact AI will have on work, war, politics, economics, everyday human life and, indeed, human death. Will robots become conscious? Will automation take away jobs? Will we become immortal machines ourselves, uploading our brains to the cloud? What lies in store for homo digitalis - the people of the not-so-distant future who will be living amongst fully functioning artificial intelligence? In the tradition of Yuval Noah Harari's Homo Deus, 2062 describes the choices we need to make today to ensure that future remains bright.
AN ELEPHANT IN MY KITCHEN AN ELEPHANT IN MY KITCHEN
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781509864911
A chic Parisienne, Francoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve. But when she married renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony her life took an unexpected turn. Lawrence died in 2012 and Francoise was left to face the tough reality of running Thula Thula without him, even though she knew very little about conservation. How Francoise survived and Thula Thula thrived is beautifully described in this charming, funny and poignant book. Their elephant herd, rescued by Lawrence, shared Francoise's grief at his passing but over time forged a new relationship with her. Meanwhile Francoise fulfilled her dream of building a rescue centre for orphaned rhinos and other wildlife. If you loved Lawrence's The Elephant Whisperer, or just want to spend time with some very special animals, then you won't want to miss this sparkling book.

ELEMENTAL: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything ELEMENTAL: How the Periodic Table Can Now Explain (Nearly) Everything
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781472140944
Elemental tells the story of the periodic table from its ancient Greek roots, when you could count the number of elements humans were aware of on one hand, to the modern alchemists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, who have used nuclear chemistry and physics to generate new elements and complete the periodic table. In addition to this, James answers questions such as: What is the chemical symbol for a human? What would happen if all of the elements were mixed together? How many bananas can you stand next to before you die of radiation sickness? Which liquid can teleport through walls? Why is the medieval dream of transmuting lead into gold now a reality? If you want to understand how our world works, the periodic table holds the answers. This book shows you how to use it to understand all the ingredients necessary to make a world.
IN MONTPARNASSE: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali IN MONTPARNASSE: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali
$55.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780241255599
Witness the birth of Surrealism in Sue Roe's lively account of the artists who lived, loved and worked together In this entertaining and informative biography, Sue Roe illustrates how surrealism emerged in Paris amidst an artistic ambience of lively experimentation. Before surrealism made its startling impact, artists including Marcel Duchamp and Giorgio De Chirico had already begun to shift the focus of the art scene in Montparnasse. Beginning with Duchamp, Roe tells the story of the wonderfully eccentric and avant-garde Dada movement, the birth of Surrealist photography with Man Ray and his muse Kiki de Montparnasse, the love triangle between writer Paul Eluard, his wife Gala and the artist Max Ernst, until the arrival of Salvador Dali in 1929. In Montparnasse recounts the extraordinary, revolutionary work these artists undertook as much as the salons, cafe life, friendships, rows and love affairs that were their background.

QUANTUM ECONOMICS: The New Science of Money QUANTUM ECONOMICS: The New Science of Money
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781785783999
A decade after the financial crisis, there is a growing consensus that economics has failed and needs to go back to the drawing board. David Orrell argues that it has been trying to solve the wrong problem all along. Economics sees itself as the science of scarcity. Instead, it should be the science of money (which plays a surprisingly small role in mainstream theory). And money is a substance that turns out to have a quantum nature of its own. Just as physicists learn about matter by studying the exchange of particles at the subatomic level, so economics should begin by analysing the nature of money-based transactions. Quantum Economics therefore starts with the meaning of the phrase 'how much' - or, to use the Latin word, quantum. From quantum physics to the dualistic properties of money, via the emerging areas of quantum finance and quantum cognition, this profoundly important book reveals that quantum economics is to neoclassical economics what quantum physics is to classical physics - a genuine turning point in our understanding.
SEEDS OF SCIENCE: Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs SEEDS OF SCIENCE: Why We Got It So Wrong On GMOs
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781472946997
Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers descending on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world still think that `GMO' foods are bad for their health or likely to damage the environment. But Mark has changed his mind. This book explains why and lifts the lid on the anti-GMO craze and shows how science was left by the wayside as a wave of public hysteria swept the world. Taking us back to the origins of the technology and introducing the scientific pioneers who invented it and the plant scientists who are using this technology to help smallholder farmers in developing countries cope better with pests, diseases and droughts. He explains what led him to question his earlier assumptions about GM food, and talks to both sides of this fractious debate to see what still motivates worldwide opposition today.

TAMED: Ten Species that Changed our World TAMED: Ten Species that Changed our World
$30.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781786090010
For hundreds of thousands of years, our ancestors depended on wild plants and animals to stay alive – until they began to tame them. Combining archaeology and cutting-edge genetics, Tamed tells the story of the greatest revolution in human history and reveals the fascinating origins of ten crucial domesticated species; and how they, in turn, transformed us: Dogs became our companions;;Wheat fed a booming population; Cattle gave us meat and milk; Maize fuelled the growth of empires; Potatoes brought us feast and famine; Chickens led us to wonder about tomorrow; Rice promised us a golden future; Horses gave us strength and speed; Apples travelled with us. In a world creaking under the strain of human activity, Alice Roberts urges us to look again at our relationship with the natural world – and our huge influence upon it. An Economist And Mail On Sunday 'Book Of The Year' 2017
THE ARCHIPELAGO: Italy Since 1945 THE ARCHIPELAGO: Italy Since 1945
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781408827246
A sparkling history of Italy from the post-war to the present by renowned historian John Foot Italy emerged from the Second World War in ruins. Divided, invaded and economically broken, it was a nation that some claimed had ceased to exist. By the 1960s, Italy could boast the fastest-growing economy in the world, as rural society disappeared almost overnight. In The Archipelago, acclaimed historian John Foot chronicles Italy's tumultuous history from the post-war period to the present, examining both the corrupt and celebrated sides of the country. While often portrayed as a failed state on the margins of Europe, Italy has instead been at the centre of innovation and change - a political laboratory. Comprising original research and lively insights, The Archipelago chronicles the crises and modernisations of over seventy years of post-war Italy, from its fields, factories, squares and housing estates to the political intrigue of Rome.

THE ETHICAL CAPITALIST: How to Make Business Work Better for Society THE ETHICAL CAPITALIST: How to Make Business Work Better for Society
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781847942203
Capitalism has lost its way. Every week brings fresh news stories about businesses exploiting their staff, avoiding their taxes, and ripping off their customers. Every week, public anger at the system grows. Now, a foremost entrepreneur intervenes to make the case for putting business back firmly in the service of society, and setting out on a new path to a kinder, fairer form of capitalism. Drawing on four decades of hands-on management experience, the founder of Richer Sounds argues that ethically run businesses are invariably more efficient, more motivated and more innovative than those that care only about the bottom line. He uncovers the simple tools that the best leaders use to make their businesses fair, revealing how others can follow suit. And he also delves into the big questions that modern capitalism has to answer if it is to survive and to thrive.
THE INNER LEVEL THE INNER LEVEL
$55.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781846147418
The Spirit Level has been one of the most influential books published in the last decade, showing conclusively how less equal societies fare worse than more equal ones across a whole range of social measures – health, education, levels of violence, life expectancy and child well-being – and initiating the enormous public attention now given to the impacts of inequality. Based on an equally impressive range of data and analysis, The Inner Level now shows the impact inequality has on individuals: how it affects us psychologically, makes social relations more stressful, undermines self-confidence and distorts natural differences in personal abilities. It demonstrates that societies based on fundamental equalities, sharing and reciprocity produce much higher levels of well-being than those based on excessive individualism, competitiveness and social aggression. Like its predecessor, The Inner Level will transform ideas of how we should organise the way we live together.

THE ONE DEVICE: The Secret History of the iPhone THE ONE DEVICE: The Secret History of the iPhone
$30.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780552173742
The secret history of the invention that changed everything and became the most profitable product in the world. Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to 'the one device', as he called it, a mobile phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino - based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation. It's a first-hand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers and even AI - made its way into our pockets. The One Device is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.
THE RHINE: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps THE RHINE: Following Europe's Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781473662179
The Rhine is one of the world's greatest rivers. Once forming the outer frontier of the Roman Empire, it flows 800 miles from the social democratic playground of the Netherlands, through the industrial and political powerhouses of Germany and France, to the wealthy mountain fortresses of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. After five years, living alongside a major channel of the river, Ben Coates sets out by bicycle from the Netherlands where the Rhine enters the North Sea, following it through Germany, France and Liechtenstein, to its source in the icy Alps. He explores the impact that the Rhine has had on European culture and history and finds out how influences have flowed along and across the river, shaping the people who live alongside it. Blending travelogue and offbeat history, The Rhine tells the fascinating story of how a great river helped shape a continent.

THE UNPUNISHED VICE: A Life of Reading THE UNPUNISHED VICE: A Life of Reading
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781408870266
An insightful account of the key role reading has played in the life of literary icon Edmund White Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a compendium of all the ways reading has shaped White's life and work. His larger-than-life presence on the literary scene - he is close friends with giants including Michael Ondaatje and Joyce Carol Oates - lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. With characteristic wit and candour, he recalls reading Henry James to Peggy Guggenheim in her private gondola in Venice, and phone calls at eight o'clock in the morning to Vladimir Nabokov - who once said that White was his favourite American writer. The Unpunished Vice is a wickedly smart and insightful account of a life in literature.
VITA & VIRGINIA VITA & VIRGINIA
$40.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781911358381
Vita & Virginia is the extraordinary account of the work, friendship and love affair of two prolific novelists, who came to redefine conventions of femininity, sexuality, art and politics for the modern world. The cultural legacies of these formidable women, enduring icons of sexual equality and female emancipation, proliferate around us today – in fashion and television, film and literature. In this scrupulously researched examination of the pair’s long friendship, the National Trust draws on their poetry and treasured correspondence to tell the story of this thoroughly modern affair.


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