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On Intelligence
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From the inventor of the PalmPilot comes a new and compelling theory of intelligence, brain function, and the future of intelligent machines

Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart …
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The bold futurist and bestselling author explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain

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Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist
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Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
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Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul
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The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and the Laws of Physics
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Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software
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In the tradition of "The Perfect Storm, Sudden Sea" harkens back to a natural disaster that struck terror in the hearts of many. In this narrative, readers experience The Great Hurricane of 1938, the …
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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
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Making Sense
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A fascinating exploration of how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind

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Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence

"What does AI mean for your business? Read this book to find out." -- Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google

Artificial intelligence does the seemingly impossible, magically bringing machines to life-…

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