Meet the visionaries, billionaires, professors, and programmers who are using groundbreaking technology to push the limits of the human body - our senses, our intelligence, and our lifespans Once relegated to the fringes of society, transhumanism (the use of technology to enhance human intellectual and physical capability) is now poised to enter our cultural mainstream. It has found adherents in Silicon Valley billionaires Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. Google has entered the picture, establishing a biotech subsidiary aimed at solving the problem of aging. In To Be a Machine, journalist Mark O´Connell takes a headlong dive into this burgeoning movement. He travels to the laboratories, conferences, and basements of today´s foremost transhumanists, where he´s presented with the staggering possibilities and moral quandaries of new technologies like mind uploading, artificial superintelligence, cryonics, and device implants. A contributor to Slate, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, O´Connell serves as a sharp and lively guide to the outer limits of technology in the 21st century. In investigating what it means to be a machine, he offers a surprising, singular meditation on what it means to be human. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Garnon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004943/bk_rand_004943_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Become a High Efficiency Analytic Decision maker. We´ve all been there: faced with a major decision yet overwhelmed by the very data that is supposed to help us. It´s an all-too-common struggle in the digital age, when Google searches produce a million results in a split second, and software programs provide analysis faster than we could ever hope to read it. Adapting the geopolitical and historical lessons gleaned from over two decades in government intelligence, Philip Mudd - an ex-National Security Council staff member and former senior executive at the FBI and the CIA - finally gives us the definitive guidebook for how to approach complex decisions today. Filled with logical yet counterintuitive answers to ordinary and extraordinary problems - whether it´s buying a new home or pivoting a failing business model - Mudd´s HEAD (High Efficiency Analytic Decision-making) methodology provides listeners with a battle-tested set of guiding principles that promise to bring order to even the most chaotic problems, all in five practical steps: What´s the question? Analysts often believe that questions are self-evident, but focusing on better questions upfront always yields better answers later. What are your drivers? The human mind has a hard time juggling information, so analysts need a system to break down complex questions into different characteristics, or drivers. How will you measure performance? Once the question has been solidified and the drivers determined, an analyst must decide what metrics they will use to understand how a problem - and their solution to it - is evolving over time. What about the data? Rather than looking at each bit of information on its own and upfront, an analyst can overcome data overload only by plugging data into their driver categories and excising anything that doesn´t fit. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Abbey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022798/bk_adbl_022798_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you always wanted to sharpen up your memory? Think faster? Or even absorb information twice as fast? If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place. You see, self-improvement is something that we all strive for, but fixing our flaws and weaknesses is something we often tend to avoid, when really we shouldn’t. By now you’ve probably already looked at the many options out there, such as expensive online programs, doing endless Google research, and even buying extremely complex books. But still, you’re none the wiser. But by simply implementing the practical and highly effective methods of speed reading, critical thinking, and memory improvement taught in these books, you will finally be on your way to becoming the ultimate version of yourself. Here’s just a tiny fraction of what you’ll discover inside: The biggest mistakes newbies make when learning to speed read Think your memory deteriorates with age? We’ll show you why it doesn’t The six main steps you’ll need to become a critical thinker Learn how to master the step-by-step process of decision making Practical techniques and exercises you can try without having to empty your wallet The most effective ways you can improve your problem-solving skills ...and much, much more!Take a minute or two to think about how much easier life could be. How would becoming a quicker, smarter learner impact your life? Can you really say this wouldn’t benefit you at all? So, why not put an end to your frustration of feeling average once and for all and finally make that big change in your life by investing in yourself and trying out this audiobook today? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150034/bk_acx0_150034_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mo Gawdat is the Vice President of Business Innovation at Google. Applying his superior skills of logic and problem-solving to the issue of happiness, he proposes an equation based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness. Then he solves for happy.
´´Sprint offers a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether you´re at a startup or a large organization. Within five days, you´ll move from idea to prototype to decision, saving you and your team countless hours and countless dollars. A must read for entrepreneurs of all stripes.´´ -Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup From three partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies. Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What´s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution? Now there´s a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint. Designer Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. He joined Braden Kowitz and John Zeratsky at Google Ventures, and together they have completed more than a hundred sprints with companies in mobile, e-commerce, healthcare, finance, and more. A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It´s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.
Teach Your Kids to Code is a parent´s and teacher´s guide to teaching kids basic programming and problem solving using Python, the powerful language used in college courses and by tech companies like Google and IBM. Step-by-step explanations will have kids learning computational thinking right away, while visual and game-oriented examples hold their attention. Friendly introductions to fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops, and functions will help even the youngest programmers build the skills they need to make their own cool games and applications. Whether you´ve been coding for years or have never programmed anything at all, Teach Your Kids to Code will help you show your young programmer how to: Explore geometry by drawing colorful shapes with Turtle graphics Write programs to encode and decode messages, play Rock-Paper-Scissors, and calculate how tall someone is in Ping-Pong balls Create fun, playable games like War, Yahtzee, and Pong Add interactivity, ani
From three design partners at Google Ventures, a unique five-day process for going from problem to prototype. The companies that Google Ventures invest in face big questions every day: Where´s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your ideas look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution to a problem? Business owners and investors want their companies and the people who lead them to be equipped to answer these questions - and quickly. And now there´s a surefire way to solve their problems and test solutions: the sprint. While working at Google, designer Jake Knapp created a unique problem-solving method that he coined a ´´design sprint´´ - a five-day process to help companies answer crucial questions. His ´´sprints´´ were used in the development of everything from Gmail to Google X to Chrome. When he moved to Google Ventures, he joined Braden Kowitz and John Zeratsky, both designers and partners there who have worked on numerous products, including the YouTube redesign. Together Knapp, Zeratsky, and Kowitz have run over 100 sprints with their portfolio companies, inside Google, and in others companies or environments that have sought their help. They´ve seen firsthand how sprints can overcome challenges in all kinds of companies: health care, fitness, finance, retailers, and more. A practical guide to answering business questions, Sprint is a book for groups of any size, from small start-ups to Fortune 100s, from teachers and PTAs to nonprofits and public institutions. It´s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bittner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007366/bk_sans_007366_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a summary of Knapp, Zeratsky, and Kowitz´s Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. This New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, written by three partners at Google Ventures, is a unique five-day process for solving tough problems, proven at more than 100 companies. Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What´s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution? Now there´s a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint. Designer Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. He joined Braden Kowitz and John Zeratsky at Google Ventures, and together they have completed more than 100 sprints with companies in mobile, e-commerce, healthcare, finance, and more. A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It´s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today. Available in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don´t have the current time to devour the full book. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. This summary is not intended to be used without reference to the original book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Don Moffit. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062506/bk_acx0_062506_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.