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The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values

Brian Christian · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover

A jaw-dropping exploration of everything that goes wrong when we build AI systems and the movement to fix them.Today's "machine-learning" systems, trained by data, are so effective that we've invited them to see and hear for us -- and to make decisions on our behalf. But alarm...
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Subway: The Curiosities, Secrets, and Unofficial History of the New York City Transit System

John E. Morris
Format: Hardcover

When the first New York subway line opened in 1904, it was the most advanced in the world and a source of enormous civic pride. Today, it is an essential function to the lives of New Yorkers and a perennial cultural touchstone. To be a New Yorker is to take the train. To celebrate it, or grumble...
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Humans

Brandon Stanton · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

Brandon Stanton's new book, Humans -- his most moving and compelling book to date -- shows us the world.Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York in 2010. What began as a photographic census of life in New York City, soon evolved into a storytelling phenomenon. A global audience of millions...
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The Science of Stephen King: The Truth Behind Pennywise, Jack Torrance, Carrie, Cujo, and More Iconic Characters from the Master of Horror

Meg Hafdahl
Format: Paperback

Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Monsters and The Science of Women in Horror, and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called "the best horror film podcast out there" by Film Daddy, present a guide to the Stephen King stories and characters...
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A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

David Attenborough · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

See the world. Then make it better.I am 93. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been...
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Welcome to the United States of Anxiety: Observations from a Reforming Neurotic

Jen Lancaster · Little A
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

When did USA become shorthand for the United States of Anxiety? From the moment Americans wake up, we're bombarded with all-new terrifying news about crime, the environment, politics, and stroke-inducing foods we've been enjoying for years. We're judged by social media's...
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Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells

Harold McGee · Penguin Press
Pages: 688
Format: Hardcover

From Harold McGee, James Beard Award-winning author and leading expert on the science of food and cooking, comes an extensive exploration of the awe-inspiring world of smell. In Nose Dive, McGee takes us on a sensory-filled adventure, from the sulfurous nascent earth more than four billion...
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The Parasitic Mind: How Infectious Ideas Are Killing Common Sense

Gad Saad · Regnery Publishing
Pages: 235
Format: Hardcover

- The West's commitment to freedom, reason, and true liberalism have become endangered by a series of viral forces in our society today. Renowned host of the popular YouTube show "The SAAD Truth", Dr. Gad Saad exposes how an epidemic of idea pathogens are spreading like...
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The Knowledge Machine: How Irrationality Created Modern Science

Michael Strevens · Liveright
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

A paradigm-shifting work that revolutionizes our understanding of the origins and structure of science.Captivatingly written, interwoven with tantalizing illustrations and historical vignettes ranging from Newton's alchemy to quantum mechanics to the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy,...
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Counting: How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters

Deborah Stone · Liveright
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover

"Deborah Stone's mind-altering insight is that the numbers we use to capture the human experience are themselves a form of creative story-telling. They shouldn't end the conversation, but spark a deeper and richer one. Counting deserves five stars for showing why five stars...
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