Publisher : Machines of Death LLC Category : Fiction ISBN : 9780982167120 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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Presents fantasy stories written by Internet authors that explore how people, cultures, and societies are affected by the predictions of the Machine, an object that provides short yet vague phrases about how a person will die.
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing Category : Fiction ISBN : 9781455529407 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller, Machine of Death. THIS IS HOW YOU DIE Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death The machines started popping up around the world. The offer was tempting: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn't give dates or specific circumstances-just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague. OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death: you can know how it's going to happen, but you'll still be surprised when it does. This addictive anthology--sinister, witty, existential, and fascinating--collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of the first volume, and exceeds the first in every way.
Publisher : Anchor Category : Computers ISBN : 9780385540421 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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“This gonzo-journalistic exploration of the Silicon Valley techno-utopians’ pursuit of escaping mortality is a breezy romp full of colorful characters.” —New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice) Transhumanism is a movement pushing the limits of our bodies—our capabilities, intelligence, and lifespans—in the hopes that, through technology, we can become something better than ourselves. It has found support among Silicon Valley billionaires and some of the world’s biggest businesses. In To Be a Machine, journalist Mark O'Connell explores the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries that present themselves when you of think of your body as a device. He visits the world's foremost cryonics facility to witness how some have chosen to forestall death. He discovers an underground collective of biohackers, implanting electronics under their skin to enhance their senses. He meets a team of scientists urgently investigating how to protect mankind from artificial superintelligence. Where is our obsession with technology leading us? What does the rise of AI mean not just for our offices and homes, but for our humanity? Could the technologies we create to help us eventually bring us to harm? Addressing these questions, O'Connell presents a profound, provocative, often laugh-out-loud-funny look at an influential movement. In investigating what it means to be a machine, he offers a surprising meditation on what it means to be human.
Publisher : Category : Fiction ISBN : 1621051161 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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All machines suddenly come to life for some reason and go on a rampage to kill every human being on the planet. It's kind of like that movie "Maximum Overdrive," only ten time as fucking brutal! Welcome to the Big Old Gaylord Opryland Resort! Do you lack the energy to get a date? Are you batshit insane and looking for a cure? Are you a pants-shitting senior who wants to stop being old? Do you hate Stephen King? Then, this weekend, there's a seminar for you! Sure, there's a comet flying through space bringing all machinery to life and killing everybody, but don't worry about that! Here, have a sandwich! Visit our many attractions! See our massive convention center (of "death"), our beautiful atrium (of "death"), and our arcade (of "death")! Ignore the massive senior citizen orgy. Don't talk to the kid in the wheelchair. We guarantee the elevator will "not" transform you into a cyborg. Mr. Coffee "isn't" trying to kill you. And there is absolutely nothing suspicious going on in the basement. (Don't go down there though, "seriously"). Take a load off, have a good time, and prepare to "die"! Death Machines of Death is an apocalyptic horror comedy by Vince Kramer that just so happens to be a million times better than anything you've ever read before. And if you think for one minute that those boring literary classics like "The Great Gatsby" or "Moby Dick" are better than this, then you're fucking stupid!
Publisher : Category : Poetry ISBN : 1943977380 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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"The girl I was ten years ago has not yet read this gorgeous, important work, but the future is closer than she thinks, and besides, this is a book that can sing through the years. You, too, need this book. When the future might feel simply cold, Franny Choi gifts us complex fire." - Lo Kwa Mei-En, author of The Bees Make Money in the Lion
Publisher : MIT Press Category : Technology & Engineering ISBN : 9780262537445 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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A fascinating examination of technological utopianism and its complicated consequences. In The Charisma Machine, Morgan Ames chronicles the life and legacy of the One Laptop per Child project and explains why—despite its failures—the same utopian visions that inspired OLPC still motivate other projects trying to use technology to “disrupt” education and development. Announced in 2005 by MIT Media Lab cofounder Nicholas Negroponte, One Laptop per Child promised to transform the lives of children across the Global South with a small, sturdy, and cheap laptop computer, powered by a hand crank. In reality, the project fell short in many ways—starting with the hand crank, which never materialized. Yet the project remained charismatic to many who were captivated by its claims of access to educational opportunities previously out of reach. Behind its promises, OLPC, like many technology projects that make similarly grand claims, had a fundamentally flawed vision of who the computer was made for and what role technology should play in learning. Drawing on fifty years of history and a seven-month study of a model OLPC project in Paraguay, Ames reveals that the laptops were not only frustrating to use, easy to break, and hard to repair, they were designed for “technically precocious boys”—idealized younger versions of the developers themselves—rather than the children who were actually using them. The Charisma Machine offers a cautionary tale about the allure of technology hype and the problems that result when utopian dreams drive technology development.
Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Category : Fiction ISBN : 9780307266071 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE CARTEL. Frankie Machianno, a hard-working entrepreneur, passionate lover, part-time surf bum, and full-time dad, is a pillar of his waterfront community—and a retired hit man. Once better known as Frankie Machine, he was a brutally efficient killer. Now someone from his past wants him dead, and after a botched attempt on his life, Frankie sets out to find his potential killers. However, the list of suspects is longer than the California coastline. With the mob on his heels and the cops on his tail, Frankie hatches a plan to protect his family, save his life, and escape the mob forever. Then things get really complicated.
Publisher : Penguin Category : Business & Economics ISBN : 9781101218334 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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NEWLY REVISED AND UPDATED The bestselling business playbook for turbocharging any organization, updated for modern audiences with new and never-before-seen material Every single day 3,076 businesses shut their doors. But what if you could create the finest, most profitable and best-run version of your business without wasting precious dollars on a thousand different strategies? When The Ultimate Sales Machine first published in 2007, legendary sales expert Chet Holmes gave us the key to do just that. All you need is to focus on twelve key areas of improvement—and practice them over and over with pigheaded discipline. Now, a decade later, Chet’s daughter Amanda Holmes breathes new life into her father’s classic advice. With updated language to match our ever-changing times and over 50 new pages of content, The Ultimate Sales Machine will help any modern reader transform their organization into a high-performing, moneymaking force. With practical tools, real-life examples, and proven strategies, this book will show you how to: • Teach your team to work smarter, not harder • Get more bang from your marketing for less • Perfect every sales interaction by working on sales, not just in sales • Land your dream clients This revised edition expands on these proven concepts, with checklists to get faster ROIs, Core Story Frameworks to get your company to number one in your marketplace, and a bonus, never-before-revealed chapter from Chet, “How to Live a Rich and Full Life,” that will put you in the best possible mindset to own your career. For every CEO, manager, and business owner who wants to take their organization to the next level, The Ultimate Sales Machine will put you and your company on the path to success—and help you stay there!
Publisher : Back Bay Books Category : Computers ISBN : 9780316204552 Type : PDF, Epub and Audiobooks
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Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder memorably records the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. Computers have changed since 1981, when The Soul of a New Machine first examined the culture of the computer revolution. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.