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The Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 344

The Book

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-04-27
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

The book as object, as content, as idea, as interface. What is the book in a digital age? Is it a physical object containing pages encased in covers? Is it a portable device that gives us access to entire libraries? The codex, the book as bound paper sheets, emerged around 150 CE. It was preceded by clay tablets and papyrus scrolls. Are those books? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Amaranth Borsuk considers the history of the book, the future of the book, and the idea of the book. Tracing the interrelationship of form and content in the book's development, she bridges book history, book arts, and electronic literature to expand our definition of an object we though...

Robots
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Robots

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-10-07
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Robots are entering the mainstream. Technologies have advanced to the point of mass commercialization -- Roomba, for example -- and adoption by governments -- most notably, their use of drones. Meanwhile, these devices are being received by a public whose main sources of information about robots are the fantasies of popular culture. We know a lot about C-3PO and Robocop but not much about Atlas, Motoman, Kiva, or Beam -- real-life robots that are reinventing warfare, the industrial workplace, and collaboration. In this book, technology analyst John Jordan offers an accessible and engaging introduction to robots and robotics, covering state-of-the-art applications, economic implications, and ...

Deep Learning
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 800

Deep Learning

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-11-10
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

"Written by three experts in the field, Deep Learning is the only comprehensive book on the subject." -- Elon Musk, cochair of OpenAI; cofounder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Deep learning is a form of machine learning that enables computers to learn from experience and understand the world in terms of a hierarchy of concepts. Because the computer gathers knowledge from experience, there is no need for a human computer operator to formally specify all the knowledge that the computer needs. The hierarchy of concepts allows the computer to learn complicated concepts by building them out of simpler ones; a graph of these hierarchies would be many layers deep. This book introduces a broad range of...

Opening Up Education
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 477

Opening Up Education

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Experts discuss the potential for open education tools, resources, and knowledge to transform the economics and ecology of education.

Obfuscation
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 136

Obfuscation

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-09-11
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

With Obfuscation, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum mean to start a revolution. They are calling us not to the barricades but to our computers, offering us ways to fight today's pervasive digital surveillance -- the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To the toolkit of privacy protecting techniques and projects, they propose adding obfuscation: the deliberate use of ambiguous, confusing, or misleading information to interfere with surveillance and data collection projects. Brunton and Nissenbaum provide tools and a rationale for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage -- especially for average users, those of us not in a position to opt out o...

Shadow Libraries
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Shadow Libraries

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-04-27
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Examining the new ecosystems of access that are emerging in middle- and low-income countries as opportunities for higher education expand but funding for materials shrinks. Even as middle- and low-income countries expand their higher education systems, their governments are retreating from responsibility for funding and managing this expansion. The public provision of educational materials in these contexts is rare; instead, libraries, faculty, and students are on their own to get what they need. Shadow Libraries explores the new ecosystem of access, charting the flow of educational and research materials from authors to publishers to libraries to students, and from comparatively rich univer...

Paradox
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 225

Paradox

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-02-14
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An introduction to paradoxes showing that they are more than mere puzzles but can prompt new ways of thinking.

Bits to Bitcoin
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Bits to Bitcoin

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-08-03
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An accessible guide to our digital infrastructure, explaining the basics of operating systems, networks, security, and other topics for the general reader. Most of us feel at home in front of a computer; we own smartphones, tablets, and laptops; we look things up online and check social media to see what our friends are doing. But we may be a bit fuzzy about how any of this really works. In Bits to Bitcoin, Mark Stuart Day offers an accessible guide to our digital infrastructure, explaining the basics of operating systems, networks, security, and related topics for the general reader. He takes the reader from a single process to multiple processes that interact with each other; he explores p...

The Little Typer
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 424

The Little Typer

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-09-18
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An introduction to dependent types, demonstrating the most beautiful aspects, one step at a time. A program's type describes its behavior. Dependent types are a first-class part of a language, and are much more powerful than other kinds of types; using just one language for types and programs allows program descriptions to be as powerful as the programs they describe. The Little Typer explains dependent types, beginning with a very small language that looks very much like Scheme and extending it to cover both programming with dependent types and using dependent types for mathematical reasoning. Readers should be familiar with the basics of a Lisp-like programming language, as presented in th...

The Csound Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 740

The Csound Book

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

This book/CD-ROM package covers both the basics of Csound, and the theoretical and musical concepts necessary to use the program effectively.