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The Five Regions of the Future: The New Paradigm of Understanding Technologies
by Joel Arthur Barker, Scott Erickson

Futurist Joel Barker was the first to apply the scientific concept of paradigm shifts to the world of business, which helped make his 1992 book, Future Edge (later republished as Paradigms), a national bestseller. He has spent more than twenty- five years studying how companies adapt (or fail to) to new breakthroughs.

Now Barker and fellow futurist Scott Erickson offer a bold new way of looking at today’s rapidly evolving technologies: as five distinct "ecosystems" that each operates with a distinct set of values, advantages, and disadvantages:

* Super Tech: Bigger, better, more! (e.g., fusion power)
* Limits Tech: Use what you’ve got (e.g., aerogel insulation)
* Local Tech: Think small, think home (e.g., electric wind turbines)
* Nature Tech: Be one with nature (e.g., organic plastics)
* Human Tech: What lies within us (e.g., stem cells)

From pet robots to hypersonic planes, from wave power to waterless toilets, Barker and Erickson give readers a totally new way to understand and take advantage of the future of technology. Five Regions of the Future is an essential book for anyone baffled by today’s technological onslaught.

Innovations in Science and Technology Education
by Edgar W. Jenkins, David Layton

This eighth volume of Innovations in Science and Technology Education examines the state of science and technology education (STE) worldwide at a crucial time in human history: the start of a new century and a new millennium. The twentieth century was distinguished from humanity's previous history by the unprecedented progress in science and technology as well as the realization of the limited nature of the Earth's resources. In the quest for a sustainable human society of the future, it has been universally recognized that science and technology have a pivotal role to play. This has led, in most countries, to a re-assessment of the importance of science and technology education, the foundations of which are laid at school.


Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century

by Michio Kaku

Take it easy: that's Michio Kaku's motto. Given the extraordinary advances science has thrown up in time for the millennium, the only way you could possibly fit them into a single volume is by a correspondingly massive simplification.

Subtitled How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century and Beyond, Visions assumes that, by and large, scientists get to do whatever they like, that all technologies are consumer technologies, and that consumers welcome anything and everything science throws at them. Kaku gets away with this frankly dodgy strategy by dint of sheer hard work. He has based his predictions on interviews with more than 150 renowned working scientists; he integrates these interviews with a huge body of original journalistic material; and, above all, he roots that mass of information on an entirely reasonable model of what the purpose of science will be in the third millennium. Up until now, science has expended its efforts on decoding most of the fundamental natural processes - "the dance," as Kaku puts it, of elementary particles deep inside stars and the rhythms of DNA molecules coiling and uncoiling within our bodies. Science's task now, Kaku believes, is to cross-pollinate advances thrown up by the study of matter, biology, and mind - modern science's three main theaters of endeavor. "We are now making the transition from amateur chess players to grand masters," he writes, "from observers to choreographers of nature." Then again, he also believes that "the Internet ... will eventually become a 'Magic Mirror' that appears in fairy tales, able to speak with the wisdom of the human race." Kaku, in short, deserves a good slapping - but he also deserves to be read. - Simon Ings

The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century

by John Brockman

Scientists love to speculate about the direction research and technology will take us, and editor John Brockman has given a stellar panel free rein to imagine the future in The Next Fifty Years. From brain-swapping and the hunt for extraterrestrials to the genetic elimination of unhappiness and a new scientific morality, the ideas in this book are wild and thought-provoking. The list of scientists and thinkers who participate is impressive: Lee Smolin and Martin Rees on cosmology; Ian Stewart on mathematics; and Richard Dawkins and Paul Davies on the life sciences, just to name a few. Many of the authors remind readers that science has changed a lot since the blind optimism of the early 20th century, and they are unanimously aware of the potential consequences of the developments they describe. Fifty years is a long time in the information age, and these essays do a credible and entertaining job of guessing where we're going. - Therese Littleton

A New Kind of Science

by Stephen Wolfram

This long-awaited work from one of the world's most respected scientists presents a series of dramatic discoveries never before made public. Starting from a collection of simple computer experiments - illustrated in the book by striking computer graphics - Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the operation of our universe.

Wolfram uses his approach to tackle a remarkable array of fundamental problems in science: from the origin of the Second Law of thermodynamics, to the development of complexity in biology, the computational limitations of mathematics, the possibility of a truly fundamental theory of physics, and the interplay between free will and determinism.

Written with exceptional clarity, and illustrated by more than a thousand original pictures, this seminal book allows scientists and non-scientists alike to participate in what promises to be a major intellectual revolution.

Oecd Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2003.: Scoreboard 2003 (OECD Science, Technology, & Industry)


How far have OECD countries advanced in their move to a knowledge-based economy? Which new technologies are growing in importance? How far have information and communications technologies spread? How are these trends affecting the global interaction of economies, in trade and investment as well as science and technology? And how does this affect productivity and industrial competitiveness?

Over 200 graphs, many of which are new to this edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard - the sixth in a series spanning a decade - provide a comprehensive picture of countries' performance in the areas of science, technology, globalisation and industry. New indicators address emerging policy issues: international mobility of researchers and scientists, innovation as measured by patent families, biotechnology, nanotechnology, new indicators on the information economy, the role of multinational enterprises, productivity, firm turnover and industrial performance.

With the essential findings presented as bullet points and in methodological notes on indicators and data sources, this publication combines statistical rigour with easy access and readability. An electronic version makes individual sections, an elaborate data appendix and links to the underlying databases readily available. The electronic version also gives users "clickable" access to the data used in charts and figures.

Algorithms in Ambient Intelligence (Philips Research Book Series, 2)

by Wim Verhaegh

The advent of the digital era, the Internet, and the development of fast computing devices that can access mass storage servers at high communication bandwidths, have brought within our reach the world of ambient intelligent systems. To provide users with information, communication, and entertainment at any desired place and time in an intuitive, efficient, and effective way requires quite some system intelligence that is generated by smart algorithms. The need for such algorithms, which run on digital platforms that are integrated into consumer electronics devices, has strengthened the interest in computational intelligence.
This book is the outcome of a series of discussions at the Philips Symposium on Intelligent Algorithms, which was held in Eindhoven on December 2002. It contains many exciting and practical examples from this newly developing research field, which can be positioned at the intersection of computer science, discrete mathematics, and artificial intelligence. The examples include machine learning, content management, vision, speech, content augmentation, profiling, music retrieval, feature extraction, audio and video fingerprinting, resource management, multimedia servers, network scheduling, and IC design.

The Science Before Science: A Guide to Thinking in the 21st Century
by Anthony Rizzi

What is the key to the truth and power of science? Would a theory of everything disprove the soul? Is matter all there is? Can I keep science and my common sense? Can we travel back in time? Is it evolution or creation or .? Will scientists ever make a man? Will we ever create artificial intelligence? If so, what does that say about my worth? What is the ultimate source of our intellectual malaise? Anthony Rizzi, a distinguished physicist, answers these questions and more. "What a terrific book!!...The time is now. Philosophers, scientists, and the educated reader will profit enormously from this book." - Ralph McInerny University of Notre Dame philosophy professor, Gifford Lecturer "There is a pressing need for Anthony Rizzi's book, which reveals the link between science and man's deepest questions in a bold, clear and truthful way. His book is full of insights that readers will relish and want to read again and again to plumb their depths." - Marcus Grodi, host of The Journey Home, EWTN "The Science Before Science .provides much needed perspective." - Joseph Martin Chief Scientist, Planetary Science Lab (retired), Lockheed Martin

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