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The Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 344

The Book

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-04-27
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

The book as object, as content, as idea, as interface. What is the book in a digital age? Is it a physical object containing pages encased in covers? Is it a portable device that gives us access to entire libraries? The codex, the book as bound paper sheets, emerged around 150 CE. It was preceded by clay tablets and papyrus scrolls. Are those books? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Amaranth Borsuk considers the history of the book, the future of the book, and the idea of the book. Tracing the interrelationship of form and content in the book's development, she bridges book history, book arts, and electronic literature to expand our definition of an object we though...

Deep Learning
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 800

Deep Learning

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-11-10
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

"Written by three experts in the field, Deep Learning is the only comprehensive book on the subject." -- Elon Musk, cochair of OpenAI; cofounder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Deep learning is a form of machine learning that enables computers to learn from experience and understand the world in terms of a hierarchy of concepts. Because the computer gathers knowledge from experience, there is no need for a human computer operator to formally specify all the knowledge that the computer needs. The hierarchy of concepts allows the computer to learn complicated concepts by building them out of simpler ones; a graph of these hierarchies would be many layers deep. This book introduces a broad range of...

Robots
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Robots

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-10-14
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An accessible and engaging account of robots, covering the current state of the field, the fantasies of popular culture, and implications for life and work.

Democratizing Innovation
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 204

Democratizing Innovation

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2005
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

The process of user-centered innovation: how it can benefit both users and manufacturers and how its emergence will bring changes in business models and public policy.

Paradox
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 225

Paradox

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-02-14
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An introduction to paradoxes showing that they are more than mere puzzles but can prompt new ways of thinking.

The Future
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

The Future

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-12
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

The future is like an unwritten book. It is not something we see in a crystal ball, or can only hope to predict, like the weather. In this volume of the MIT Press's Essential Knowledge series, Nick Montfort argues that the future is something to be made, not predicted. Montfort offers what he considers essential knowledge about the future, as seen in the work of writers, artists, inventors, and designers (mainly in Western culture) who developed and described the core components of the futures they envisioned. Montfort's approach is not that of futurology or scenario planning; instead, he reports on the work of making the future -- the thinkers who devoted themselves to writing pages in the ...

Software Studies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 334

Software Studies

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

This collection of short expository, critical and speculative texts offers a field guide to the cultural, political, social and aesthetic impact of software. Experts from a range of disciplines each take a key topic in software and the understanding of software, such as algorithms and logical structures.

Obfuscation
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 136

Obfuscation

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-08-26
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  • Publisher: Mit Press

With "Obfuscation," Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum mean to start a revolution. They are calling us not to the barricades but to our computers, offering us ways to fight today's pervasive digital surveillance -- the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To the toolkit of privacy protecting techniques and projects, they propose adding obfuscation: the deliberate use of ambiguous, confusing, or misleading information to interfere with surveillance and data collection projects. Brunton and Nissenbaum provide tools and a rationale for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage -- especially for average users, those of us not in a position to opt out...

Problems of Atomic Dynamics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

Problems of Atomic Dynamics

The Nobel Laureate discusses the foundations of quantum theory in two lectures, one on the structure of the atom, the other on the lattice theory of rigid bodies.

Affective Computing
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 292

Affective Computing

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

According to Rosalind Picard, if we want computers to be genuinely intelligent and to interact naturally with us, we must give computers the ability to recognize, understand, even to have and express emotions. The latest scientific findings indicate that emotions play an essential role in decision making, perception, learning, and more--that is, they influence the very mechanisms of rational thinking. Not only too much, but too little emotion can impair decision making. According to Rosalind Picard, if we want computers to be genuinely intelligent and to interact naturally with us, we must give computers the ability to recognize, understand, even to have and express emotions. Part 1 of this ...