Book cover of Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari
Computers & Technology

Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention–and How to Think Deeply Again

In the United States, teenagers can focus on one task for only sixty-five seconds at a time, and office workers average only three minutes. Like so many of us, Johann Hari was finding that constantly switching from device to device and tab to tab was a diminishing and depressing way to live. He tried all sorts of self-help solutions—even abandoning his phone for three months—but nothing seemed to work. So Hari went on an epic journey across the world to interview the leading experts on human attention—and he discovered that everything we think we know about this crisis is wrong. […Learn More]

Book cover of Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life by Katherine E. Standefer
Biography & Autobiography

Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life

This “utterly spectacular” book weighs the impact modern medical technology has had on the author’s life against the social and environmental costs inevitably incurred by the mining that makes such innovation possible (Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises).

What if a lifesaving medical device causes loss of life along its supply chain? That’s the question Katherine E. Standefer finds herself asking one night after being suddenly shocked by her implanted cardiac defibrillator. […Learn More]

Book cover of Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing by Christopher Bail
Computers & Technology

Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing 

A revealing look at how user behavior is powering deep social divisions online—and how we might yet defeat political tribalism on social media

In an era of increasing social isolation, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are among the most important tools we have to understand each other. We use social media as a mirror to decipher our place in society but, as Chris Bail explains, it functions more like a prism that distorts our identities, empowers status-seeking extremists, and renders moderates all but invisible […Learn More]

Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

Melanie Mitchell separates science fact from science fiction in this sweeping examination of the current state of AI and how it is remaking our world

No recent scientific enterprise has proved as alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. The award-winning author Melanie Mitchell, a leading computer scientist, now reveals AI’s turbulent history and the recent spate of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears surrounding it. […Learn More]