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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir
by Anna Wiener

Language

English

Pages

279

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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<p><b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>"A definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come." --Jia Tolentino, author of <i>Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editors' Choice and a January 2020 IndieNext Pick. </b><b>An Amazon Best Book of January. </b><b>One of <i>Vogue</i>'s 22 Books to Read This Winter, <i>The Washington Post</i>'s 10 Books to Read in January, ELLE's 12 Best Books to Read in 2020, <i>The New York Times</i>'s 12 Books to Read in January, <i>Esquire</i>'s 15 Best Winter Books, <i>Paste</i>'s 10 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2020, and <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>'s 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020. </b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital age</b></p><p>In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener鈥攕tuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, <i>progress</i>.</p><p>Anna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. </p><p>Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener鈥檚 memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry鈥檚 shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.</p><p>Unsparing and incisive, <i>Uncanny Valley</i> is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand.</p>
The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World
by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips

Language

English

Pages

223

Publication Date

February 01, 2020

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<p><b>An insightful exploration of what social media, AI, robot technology, and the digital world are doing to our relationships with each other and with ourselves.</b></p><p>There鈥檚 no doubt that technology has made it easier to communicate. It鈥檚 also easier to shut someone out when we are confronted with online discourse. Why bother to understand strangers鈥攐r even acquaintances鈥攚hen you can troll them, block them, or just click 鈥淯nfriend鈥?and never look back? However briefly satisfying that might be, it鈥檚 also potentially eroding one of our most human traits: empathy.</p><p>So what does the future look like when something so vital to a peaceful, healthy, and productive society is fading away? The cautionary, yet hopeful, answer is in this champion for an endangered emotion.</p><p>In <i>The Future of Feeling</i>, Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips shares her own personal stories as well as those of doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, journalists, and scientists about moving innovation and technology forward without succumbing to isolation. This book is for anyone interested in how our brains work, how they鈥檙e subtly being rewired to work differently, and what that ultimately means for us as humans.</p>
The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption...
by Gene Kim

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<b><i>The Phoenix Project</i> wowed over a half-million readers. Now comes <i>The Unicorn Project</i>!</b><br /><br /><b>"<i>The Unicorn Project</i> is amazing, and I loved it 100 times more than <i>The Phoenix Project</i>..."</b>--FERNANDO CORNAGO, Senior Director Platform Engineering, Adidas<br /><br /><b>"Gene Kim does a masterful job of showing how ... the efforts of many create lasting business advantages for all."</b>--DR. STEVEN SPEAR, author of <i>The High-Velocity Edge</i>, Sr. Lecturer at MIT, and principal of HVE LLC.<br /><br /><b>"<i>The Unicorn Project</i> is so clever, so good, so crazy enlightening!"</b>--CORNELIA DAVIS, Vice President Of Technology at Pivotal Software, Inc., Author of <i>Cloud Native Patterns</i><br /><br />This highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling title <i>The Phoenix Project</i> takes another look at Parts Unlimited, this time from the perspective of software development.<br /><br />In <i>The Unicorn Project</i>, we follow Maxine, a senior lead developer and architect, as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project, to the horror of her friends and colleagues, as punishment for contributing to a payroll outage. She tries to survive in what feels like a heartless and uncaring bureaucracy and to work within a system where no one can get anything done without endless committees, paperwork, and approvals.<br /><br />One day, she is approached by a ragtag bunch of misfits who say they want to overthrow the existing order, to liberate developers, to bring joy back to technology work, and to enable the business to win in a time of digital disruption. To her surprise, she finds herself drawn ever further into this movement, eventually becoming one of the leaders of the Rebellion, which puts her in the crosshairs of some familiar and very dangerous enemies.<br /><br />The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms--this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty...and opportunity.<br /><br /><b>"<i>The Unicorn Project</i> provides insanely useful insights on how to improve your technology business."</b>--DOMINICA DEGRANDIS, author of <i>Making Work Visible</i> and Director of Digital Transformation at Tasktop<br /><br />------<br /><br />"My goal in writing <i>The Unicorn Project</i> was to explore and reveal the necessary but invisible structures required to make developers (and all engineers) productive, and reveal the devastating effects of technical debt and complexity. I hope this book can create common ground for technology and business leaders to leave the past behind, and co-create a better future together."--Gene Kim, November 2019
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
by , Tom Griffiths

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

April 19, 2016

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<p><b>A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind</b></p><p>All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us.</p><p> In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian (who holds degrees in computer science, philosophy, and poetry, and works at the intersection of all three) and Tom Griffiths (a UC Berkeley professor of cognitive science and psychology) show how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one's inbox to understanding the workings of human memory, <i>Algorithms to Live By</i> transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.</p>
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
by Jenny Odell

Language

English

Pages

241

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<b>** A<i> New York Times </i>Bestseller **<br /><br />"A complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto."鈥擩onah Engel Bromwich, <i>The New York Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br /><b>One of President Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of 2019"</b><br /><br /><b><i>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Time聽</i>鈥?<i>The New Yorker</i> <b>鈥?lt;/b>聽<i>NPR</i>聽鈥⒙?lt;i>GQ聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Elle聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Vulture聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Fortune聽</i>鈥?<i>Boing Boing</i>聽鈥⒙?lt;i>The Irish Times</i>聽鈥⒙燭he New York Public Library聽<b>鈥?The Brooklyn Public Library</b><br /></b><br /><b>Porchlight's Personal Development & Human Behavior Book of the Year</b><br /><br />Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. <br /><br />So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious鈥攁nd overdrawn鈥攔esource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind鈥檚 role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. <br /><br />Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, <i>How to do Nothing</i> is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.
Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Lis...
by Donald Miller

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> best-selling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach listeners how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.</strong></p><p>Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching listeners the seven universal story points all humans respond to, the real reason customers make purchases, how to simplify a brand message so people understand it, and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.</p><p>Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.</p><p>X</p>
CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide
by Darril Gibson

Language

English

Pages

610

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b><font>Pass the First Time.</font></b><br /><p>The CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead SY0-501 Study Guide is an update to the top-selling SY0-201, SY0-301, and SY0-401 study guides, which have helped thousands of readers pass the exam the first time they took it. </p><br /><p>It covers all of the SY0-501 objectives and includes the same elements readers raved about in the previous two versions. Each of the eleven chapters presents topics in an easy to understand manner and includes real-world examples of security principles in action. The author uses many of the same analogies and explanations he鈥檚 honed in the classroom that have helped hundreds of students master the Security+ content. </p><br /><p>You鈥檒l understand the important and relevant security topics for the Security+ exam, without being overloaded with unnecessary details. Additionally, each chapter includes a comprehensive review section to help you focus on what鈥檚 important.</p><br /><p>Over 300 realistic practice test questions with in-depth explanations will help you test your comprehension and readiness for the exam. The book includes a 75 question pre-test, a 75 question post-test, and practice test questions at the end of every chapter. Each practice test question includes a detailed explanation to help you understand the content and the reasoning behind the question. You'll also have access to free online resources including labs and additional practice test questions. Using all of these resources, you鈥檒l be ready to take and pass the exam the first time you take it.</p><br /><p>If you plan to pursue any of the advanced security certifications, this guide will also help you lay a solid foundation of security knowledge. Learn this material, and you鈥檒l be a step ahead for other exams. This SY0-501 study guide is for any IT or security professional interested in advancing in their field, and a must read for anyone striving to master the basics of IT systems security.</p><br /><p>The author supplements the book with blog posts here: http://blogs.getcertifiedgetahead.com/.</p><br /><p>This page provides a full listing of mobile device apps from the author: http://learnzapp.com/partners/darrilgibson/.</p>
Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras, and TensorFlo...
by Aur茅lien G茅ron

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English

Pages

851

Publication Date

September 05, 2019

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<p>Through a series of recent breakthroughs, deep learning has boosted the entire field of machine learning. Now, even programmers who know close to nothing about this technology can use simple, efficient tools to implement programs capable of learning from data. This practical book shows you how.</p><p>By using concrete examples, minimal theory, and two production-ready Python frameworks鈥擲cikit-Learn and TensorFlow鈥攁uthor Aur茅lien G茅ron helps you gain an intuitive understanding of the concepts and tools for building intelligent systems. You鈥檒l learn a range of techniques, starting with simple linear regression and progressing to deep neural networks. With exercises in each chapter to help you apply what you鈥檝e learned, all you need is programming experience to get started.</p><ul><li>Explore the machine learning landscape, particularly neural nets</li><li>Use Scikit-Learn to track an example machine-learning project end-to-end</li><li>Explore several training models, including support vector machines, decision trees, random forests, and ensemble methods</li><li>Use the TensorFlow library to build and train neural nets</li><li>Dive into neural net architectures, including convolutional nets, recurrent nets, and deep reinforcement learning</li><li>Learn techniques for training and scaling deep neural nets</li></ul>
Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Relia...
by Martin Kleppmann

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English

Pages

616

Publication Date

March 16, 2017

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<p>Data is at the center of many challenges in system design today. Difficult issues need to be figured out, such as scalability, consistency, reliability, efficiency, and maintainability. In addition, we have an overwhelming variety of tools, including relational databases, NoSQL datastores, stream or batch processors, and message brokers. What are the right choices for your application? How do you make sense of all these buzzwords?</p><p>In this practical and comprehensive guide, author Martin Kleppmann helps you navigate this diverse landscape by examining the pros and cons of various technologies for processing and storing data. Software keeps changing, but the fundamental principles remain the same. With this book, software engineers and architects will learn how to apply those ideas in practice, and how to make full use of data in modern applications.</p><ul><li>Peer under the hood of the systems you already use, and learn how to use and operate them more effectively</li><li>Make informed decisions by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of different tools</li><li>Navigate the trade-offs around consistency, scalability, fault tolerance, and complexity</li><li>Understand the distributed systems research upon which modern databases are built</li><li>Peek behind the scenes of major online services, and learn from their architectures</li></ul>
Master Builder Roblox: The Essential Guide
by Triumph Books

Language

English

Pages

129

Publication Date

July 15, 2017

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Driven by smart leadership and the constant evolution of computing hardware and software, Roblox has seen a surge in users over the past year. The company has shrewdly positioned itself as a powerful and flexible sandbox game, one which allows users to not only create their own structures, environments, and games, but also encourages them to come together socially and interact collectively. Roblox even gives kids a way to make real money on their creations!Master Builder Roblox: The Essential Guide provides users an exciting jumpstart into the fascinating, dynamic world of Roblox, and helps guide kids towards a fun and fulfilling experience. Main topics include an introduction to the world, a tour of the coolest and most popular games within the game, a quick-start guide on how to build, and an overview of the Roblox Studio Tabs--the toolbox for developing content in the game. Along with the essential content to help beginners dive into Roblox like pros, dozens of full-color gameplay photos will help readers navigate the grand world of Roblox and get them mastering and creating their own Roblox games in no time!

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