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            Living Off the Grid: The Practical Guide to Sustainable Energy
              

            Living Off the Grid: The Practical Guide to Sustainable Energy (Paperback)

            By Bridgewater, Alan

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            • Pub Date
              1 Mar 20

            Cut your energy bills, stop relying on fossil fuels and reduce your carbon footprint. Living Off the Grid is the essential guide to making sustainable energy work for your home, with practical options that fit your house, lifestyle and budget.

            ISBN 9781504800860
            Released AU 1 Mar 2020
            Publisher Misc - HarperCollins New Zeala
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            A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond
             

            A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond (Hardback)

            By Susskind, Daniel

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            • Pub Date
              21 Jan 20

            From the spinning jenny to the combustion engine to the first computer, new technologies have always led workers to panic about being replaced by machines, and yet these fears have always been misplaced. In the past, new technology has always complemented the work of humans. In A... World Without Work, award-winning economist Daniel Susskind shows why this time, with the rise of artificial intelligence, it will be different. The threat is real, but we haven't been asking the right questions about exactly what is at stake. Drawing on almost a decade of research into this topic, Susskind argues that a realistic vision of the future is not one in which machines do everything, but rather in which they do more. As they slowly, but relentlessly, take on more and more tasks, human beings will be forced to retreat to the shrinking set of activities that machines cannot do. And, as we move through the 21st century, the demand for the work of humans is likely to wither away. Yet Susskind reminds us that this technological progress will solve one of mankind's oldest problems - how to make the economic pie large enough for everyone to live on. The challenge now is to properly share out this new economic prosperity, constrain the burgeoning political power of Big Tech, and provide meaning in a world with less work. A World Without Work is an innovative, authoritative and optimistic guide to how we can rise to the challenge of automation. The task ahead, Susskind shows us, is to build a world where everyone can flourish.
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            ISBN 9780241321096
            Released AU 21 Jan 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Facebook: The Inside Story
             

            Facebook: The Inside Story (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Levy, Steven

            • RRP: $35.00
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            • Pub Date
              3 Mar 20

            In his sophomore year of college, Mark Zuckerberg created a simple website to serve as a campus social network. But the site caught on like wildfire, and soon students nationwide were on Facebook. Today, Facebook is nearly unrecognizable from Zuckerberg's first, modest iteration.... It has grown into a tech giant, the largest social media platform and one of the most gargantuan companies in the world with over 2.23 billion global users. Love it or hate it, there is no denying the power and omnipresence of Facebook in daily life. And in light of growing scandals surrounding election-influencing 'fake news' accounts, the mining of its users' personal data, and growing discontent with the actions of its founder and CEO, never has the company been more central to the international conversation.
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            ISBN 9780241297940
            Released AU 3 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

            Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Kurlansky, Mark

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            Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the bestselling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy--with recipes throughout. According to the Greek creation myth, we are so much spilt milk; a splatter of the goddess ...Hera's breast milk became our galaxy, the Milky Way. But while mother's milk may be the essence of nourishment, it is the milk of other mammals that humans have cultivated ever since the domestication of animals more than 10,000 years ago, originally as a source of cheese, yogurt, kefir, and all manner of edible innovations that rendered lactose digestible, and then, when genetic mutation made some of us lactose-tolerant, milk itself. Before the industrial revolution, it was common for families to keep dairy cows and produce their own milk. But during the nineteenth century mass production and urbanization made milk safety a leading issue of the day, with milk-borne illnesses a common cause of death. Pasteurization slowly became a legislative matter. And today milk is a test case in the most pressing issues in food politics, from industrial farming and animal rights to GMOs, the locavore movement, and advocates for raw milk, who controversially reject pasteurization. Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.
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            ISBN 9781632863836
            Released AU 5 Nov 2019
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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            The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI
             

            The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI (Hardback)

            By Wooldridge, Michael

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            • Pub Date
              17 Mar 20

            The long-held dream of artificial intelligence researchers is to build machines that are conscious and self-aware - the dream of creating life itself. While this remains a remote prospect, the AI floodgates have opened, and they are changing our world fundamentally. Yet the publi...c debate and media hype is still largely centred on elusive prospects such as sentient machines and dystopian robot takeovers. In this lively and clear-headed guide, Michael Wooldridge changes the narrative on AI, revealing how these anxieties distract us from the more realistic risks that this transformative technology poses, from algorithmic bias to fake news. He also shows us how they overlook the true life-changing potential of the field he loves. Instead, The Road to Conscious Machines gives us the real story of AI, through all its booms and busts, elucidating the discoveries of its greatest pioneers from Alan Turing to Demis Hassabis. It shows us what today's AI researchers actually think and do, and how they are ushering in a new era of real-time spoken word language translation, augmented reality tools, healthcare innovations and much more.
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            ISBN 9780241396742
            Released AU 17 Mar 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Series Pelican books
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            Odd Science - Amazing Inventions

            Odd Science - Amazing Inventions (Hardback)

            By Olstein, James

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            Odd Science: Inventions is filled with weird and wacky facts that you've never heard before. Read about the trainers made of spider silk, wonder at the first record played in space and tell your friends about the robot built in 1937. Prepare to laugh, marvel and learn. Being a ge...ek has never been so cool.
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            ISBN 9781843653738
            Released AU 1 Sep 2018
            Publisher Pavilion Books
            Interest Age 9-11 years
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            Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI
             

            Possible Minds: Twenty-Five Ways of Looking at AI (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Brockman, John

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            • Pub Date
              18 Feb 20

            Science world luminary John Brockman assembles twenty-five of the most important scientific minds, people who have been thinking about the field artificial intelligence for most of their careers, for an unparalleled round-table examination about mind, thinking, intelligence and w...hat it means to be human. Artificial intelligence is today's story--the story behind all other stories. It is the Second Coming and the Apocalypse at the same time: Good AI versus evil AI. --John Brockman More than sixty years ago, mathematician-philosopher Norbert Wiener published a book on the place of machines in society that ended with a warning: we shall never receive the right answers to our questions unless we ask the right questions.... The hour is very late, and the choice of good and evil knocks at our door. In the wake of advances in unsupervised, self-improving machine learning, a small but influential community of thinkers is considering Wiener's words again. In Possible Minds, John Brockman gathers their disparate visions of where AI might be taking us. The fruit of the long history of Brockman's profound engagement with the most important scientific minds who have been thinking about AI--from Alison Gopnik and David Deutsch to Frank Wilczek and Stephen Wolfram--Possible Minds is an ideal introduction to the landscape of crucial issues AI presents. The collision between opposing perspectives is salutary and exhilarating; some of these figures, such as computer scientist Stuart Russell, Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, and physicist Max Tegmark, are deeply concerned with the threat of AI, including the existential one, while others, notably robotics entrepreneur Rodney Brooks, philosopher Daniel Dennett, and bestselling author Steven Pinker, have a very different view. Serious, searching and authoritative, Possible Minds lays out the intellectual landscape of one of the most important topics of our time.
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            ISBN 9780525558019
            Released AU 18 Feb 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War
             

            Harrier 809: Britain's Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By White, Rowland

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            • Pub Date
              28 Apr 20

            From the mind of the engineering genius who designed the iconic Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest planes, the Harrier jump jet was to be a crucial element of the RAF's fleet for over four decades.

            ISBN 9781787631595
            Released AU 28 Apr 2020
            Publisher Transworld Publishers
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

            Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Higginbotham, Adam

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            The definitive, dramatic untold story of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, based on original reporting and new archival research.

            ISBN 9780593076842
            Released AU 19 Feb 2019
            Publisher Transworld Publishers
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Echoes from Early Aviators: A Lost Manuscript Rediscovered
             

            Echoes from Early Aviators: A Lost Manuscript Rediscovered (Hardback)

            By Merriam, Frederick Warren

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            • Pub Date
              1 Oct 20

            Author was one of the UK s early aviation pioneers. As manager and chief instructor of the Bristol Flying School at Brooklands, he had many pupils who subsequently became famous

            ISBN 9781526726209
            Released AU 1 Oct 2020
            Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
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