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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Eric Schlosser
Publisher: New Press, The (2014, Feb 11th).
"In the first definitive account of the Fukushima disaster, two leading experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists ... team up with journalist Susan Q. Stranahan ... to tell this harrowing story, [which] combines [an] ... account of the tsunami and the nuclear emergency it created with an explanation of the science and technology behind the meltdown as it unfolded in real time"--Amazon.com. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: John Brockman
Publisher: Harper Perennial (2014, Feb 11th).
Publishers Weekly11/04/2013 Those without enough to worry about will have fuel for many a future sleepless night after perusing this thick collection of concerns from 150 influential philosophers, futurists, and scientists compiled by Brockman, the CEO of literary agency Brockman Inc. and founder of online science salon Edge.org. The essays vary in length, from film director Terry Gilliam's wry, sentence-long "I've Given Up Worrying," to a handful of five- and six-page screeds. The subjects fall into predictable categories, from the dangers of our dependence on the Internet and the possibility of a technological Singularity, to concern for how technology could change children's brains and reduce the overall level of general knowledge. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Michio Kaku
Publisher: Doubleday (2014, Feb 25th).
Publishers Weekly12/16/2013 In this expansive, illuminating journey through the mind, theoretical physicist Kaku (Physics of the Future) explores fantastical realms of science fiction that may soon become our reality. His futurist framework merges physics with neuroscience to model how our brains construct the future, and is loosely applied to demonstrations that "show proof-of-principle" in accomplishing what was previously fictional: that minds can be read, memories can be digitally stored, and intelligences can be improved to great extents. The discussion, while heavily scientific, is engaging, clear, and replete with cinematic references. Kaku's claims, however, often lack generalizability: his points about human thought are derived from research studies and patterns that emerge from discrete areas of analysis under highly sophisticated technological surveillance. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability