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Title I Forced a Bot to Write This Book
Author Keaton Patti
Publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release 2020-11-17
Category Humor
Total Pages 192
ISBN 1524868396
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Humorist Keaton Patti "forced a bot" to digest massive amounts of human media to produce these absurdly funny, “totally real,” “bot-generated” scripts, essays, advertisements, and more. Ever wonder what an AI bot might come up with if tasked with creative writing? From Olive Garden commercials to White House press briefings to Game of Thrones scripts, writer and comedian Keaton Patti’s “bot” recognizes and heightens the tropes of whatever it’s reproducing to hilarious effect. Each “bot-generated” piece can be enjoyed as surrealist commentary on the media we consume every day or simply as silly robot jokes—either way, you’ll probably end up laughing.

The Reality Game by Samuel Woolley

Title The Reality Game
Author Samuel Woolley
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2020-01-09
Category Political Science
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1913068196
Language English, Spanish, and French
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THIS ISN'T AN EPISODE OF BLACK MIRROR. THIS. IS. THE. FUTURE. 'A mind-blowing and essential book for a future that's practically already here. This book scares the hell out of me, but if we listen to Woolley's wake-up call, then I also have hope.' Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken The problem of online disinformation is only getting worse. Social media may well play a role in the US 2020 presidential election and other major political events. But that doesn't even begin to describe what future propaganda will look like. As Samuel Woolley shows, we will soon be navigating new technologies such as human-like automated voice systems, machine learning, 'deep-fake' AI-edited videos and images, interactive memes, virtual reality and augmented reality. In stories both deeply researched and compellingly written, Woolley describes this future, and explains how the technology can be manipulated, who might control it and its impact on political strategy. Finally, Woolley proposes strategic responses to this threat with the ultimate goal of empowering activists and pushing technology builders to design for democracy. We may not be able to alter how the internet was used to challenge democracy in years past but we can follow the signals to prevent manipulation in the future - and to use these powerful new tools not to control people but to empower them.

Cat Power by Elizabeth Goodman

Title Cat Power
Author Elizabeth Goodman
Publisher Crown
Release 2009-04-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0307449564
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, Survived Herself–and Became the Indie Rock Queen. Chan Marshall’s stark lyrics, minimal arrangements,and wounded, smoky vocals, were an instant indie hit in the nineties–but her mental instability nearly derailed her career. How this sensitive but headstrong Georgian daughter of an unstable mother and a relatively unknown musician father–managed to make it big, burn out, and rise up again to become not only the darling of the indie music scene but also a fashion and Hollywood icon is the fabric of this irresistible story. Covering her musical beginnings in the south and her booze-soaked rise to fame in New York City to her eventual breakdown and subsequent reclamation of herself and her music, Cat Power delves into the soul of this fragile but ferociously gifted young talent. With seven albums behind her, the hottest designers clamoring to dress her, and perpetually sold-out venues, Marshall is at the height of her career–a perfect vantage point from which to look at her notorious and intriguing history. From interviews with her family, musicians such as Thurston Moore, Nick Cave, Dave Grohl, and Jack White, past loves like Bill Callahan and Vincent Gallo, and current friends such as Karl Lagerfeld and Wong Kar-Wai, Elizabeth Goodman gives us the real Chan Marshall–the little girl, the woman, the artist.

God Human Animal Machine by Meghan O'Gieblyn

Title God Human Animal Machine
Author Meghan O'Gieblyn
Publisher Doubleday
Release 2021-08-24
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0385543832
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A strikingly original exploration of what it might mean to be authentically human in the age of artificial intelligence, from the author of the critically-acclaimed Interior States. "Meghan O’Gieblyn is a brilliant and humble philosopher, and her book is an explosively thought-provoking, candidly personal ride I wished never to end. . .This book is such an original synthesis of ideas and disclosures. It introduces what will soon be called the O’Gieblyn genre of essay writing.” --Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock For most of human history the world was a magical and enchanted place ruled by forces beyond our understanding. The rise of science and Descartes's division of mind from world made materialism our ruling paradigm, in the process asking whether our own consciousness--i.e., souls--might be illusions. Now the inexorable rise of technology, with artificial intelligences that surpass our comprehension and control, and the spread of digital metaphors for self-understanding, the core questions of existence--identity, knowledge, the very nature and purpose of life itself--urgently require rethinking. Meghan O'Gieblyn tackles this challenge with philosophical rigor, intellectual reach, essayistic verve, refreshing originality, and an ironic sense of contradiction. She draws deeply and sometimes humorously from her own personal experience as a formerly religious believer still haunted by questions of faith, and she serves as the best possible guide to navigating the territory we are all entering.

Title Popular Science
Author
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Release 2003-09
Category
Total Pages 130
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Popular Science gives our readers the information and tools to improve their technology and their world. The core belief that Popular Science and our readers share: The future is going to be better, and science and technology are the driving forces that will help make it better.

Title The Advocate
Author
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Release 2001-08-14
Category
Total Pages 96
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Advocate is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) monthly newsmagazine. Established in 1967, it is the oldest continuing LGBT publication in the United States.

Forced Justice by David J. Armor

Title Forced Justice
Author David J. Armor
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release 1995
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 271
ISBN 0195090128
Language English, Spanish, and French
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School desegregation and "forced" busing first brought people to the barricades during the 1960s and 1970s, and the idea continues to spark controversy today whenever it is proposed. A quiet rage smolders in hundreds of public school systems, where court- ordered busing plans have been in place for over twenty years. Intended to remedy the social and educational disadvantages of minorities, desegregation policy has not produced any appreciable educational gains, while its political and social costs have been considerable. Now, on the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court's epic decision, Brown v. Board of Education, the legal and social justifications for school desegregation are ripe for reexamination. In Forced Justice, David J. Armor explores the benefits and drawbacks of voluntary and involuntary desegregation plans, especially those in communities with "magnet" schools. He finds that voluntary plans, which let parents decide which school program is best for their children, are just as effective in attaining long-term desegregation as mandatory busing, and that these plans generate far greater community support. Armor concludes by proposing a new policy of "equity" choice, which draws upon the best features of both the desegregation and choice movements. This policy promises both improved desegregation and greater educational choices for all, especially for the disadvantaged minority children in urban systems who now have the fewest educational choices. The debate over desegregation policy and its many consequences needs to move beyond academic journals and courtrooms to a larger audience. In addition to educators and policymakers, Forced Justice will be an important book for social scientists, attorneys and specialists in civil rights issues, and all persons concerned about the state of public education.

LIFE by

Title LIFE
Author
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Release 1966-05-20
Category
Total Pages 162
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

The Thinkers by Deanna Sparrow

Title The Thinkers
Author Deanna Sparrow
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release 2016-12-19
Category Fiction
Total Pages 84
ISBN 1524553980
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Set in the very near future, this science fiction story is about personalities and emotions. Behaviors are learned and passed on from parents to children and, in this book, even to robots! Winthrop, a family bot, has taken all those behaviors and manifested himself into an intelligent, comical, but intolerable character. Johnathan, a robotics prodigy, is asked to fix Winthrop before the robot is forced to be retired from the home and family he loves. Winthrop, programmed to be a progressive thinker, feels that his only solution is to run away from home until he has an answer to his problemhow to control his electronic emotions! Winthrops suspenseful adventures while in hiding are all great learning experiences. Only fifteen years old, Johnathan, gifted with his parents fully stocked robotics lab, uses all his skills learned from his parents and in his robotics class in school to repair Winthrop and finds that his most helpful knowledge relates back to what he has learned from church, the Bible, and religion. Johnathans personal inventions and a review of the past and what things could be like in the future are certainly inspirational!