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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Lowest new price: $12.10
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Author: Max Tegmark

New York Times Best Seller

How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

 
How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?
 
What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

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A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution Lowest new price: $16.00
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Author: Jennifer A. Doudna
Brand: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

A trailblazing biologist grapples with her role in the biggest scientific discovery of our era: a cheap, easy way of rewriting genetic code, with nearly limitless promise and peril.

Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology that she helped create—to make heritable changes in human embryos. The cheapest, simplest, most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers, and will help address the world’s hunger crisis. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad, unforeseeable consequences—to say nothing of the ethical and societal repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create “better” humans.
 
Writing with fellow researcher Samuel Sternberg, Doudna shares the thrilling story of her discovery, and passionately argues that enormous responsibility comes with the ability to rewrite the code of life. With CRISPR, she shows, we have effectively taken control of evolution. What will we do with this unfathomable power?
 

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The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology Lowest new price: $10.87
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Author: Ray Kurzweil
Brand: Penguin Books

“Startling in scope and bravado.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Artfully envisions a breathtakingly better world.” —Los Angeles Times

“Elaborate, smart and persuasive.” —The Boston Globe

“A pleasure to read.” —The Wall Street Journal

One of CBS News’s Best Fall Books of 2005 • Among St Louis Post-Dispatch’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2005 • One of Amazon.com’s Best Science Books of 2005

A radical and optimistic view of the future course of human development from t
he bestselling author of How to Create a Mind and The Age of Spiritual Machines who Bill Gates calls “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence”


For over three decades, Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine, in which the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our creations.

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Vascular Grafts: Experiment and Modelling (Advances in Fluid Mechanics)

Vascular Grafts: Experiment and Modelling (Advances in Fluid Mechanics) Lowest new price: $350.00
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Author: Andrea Tura

This book provides an extensive summary of all the hemodynamic, geometric, and mechanical elements which can influence the success or failure of graft implantations. The contributions come from a variety of research units with international reputations and this allows the reader to compare alternative approaches to similar problems.

Containing invaluable information for biomechanical and biomedical investigators, this title will also be of interest to physicians and clinicians.


Optical Imaging for Biomedical and Clinical Applications

Optical Imaging for Biomedical and Clinical Applications Lowest new price: $134.75
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Optical imaging is a rapidly emerging imaging technique that has been successfjully translated into biomedical applications ranging from clinical diagnosis to molecular biology. This book includes an introductory section to explore various optical imaging devices and their functionality and roles for biomedical applications such as dermatology and ophthalmology. Recent developments as exemplified with the authors research are explored in detail. In depth discussion of other disease conditions and their diagnosis with optical imaging techniques are also covered.


Essentials of Single-Cell Analysis: Concepts, Applications and Future Prospects (Series in BioEngineering)

Essentials of Single-Cell Analysis: Concepts, Applications and Future Prospects (Series in BioEngineering) Lowest new price: $132.49
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This book provides an overview of single-cell isolation, separation, injection, lysis and dynamics analysis as well as a study of their heterogeneity using different miniaturized devices. As an important part of single-cell analysis, different techniques including electroporation, microinjection, optical trapping, optoporation, rapid electrokinetic patterning and optoelectronic tweezers are described in detail. It presents different fluidic systems (e.g. continuous micro/nano-fluidic devices, microfluidic cytometry) and their integration with sensor technology, optical and hydrodynamic stretchers etc., and demonstrates the applications of single-cell analysis in systems biology, proteomics, genomics, epigenomics, cancer transcriptomics, metabolomics, biomedicine and drug delivery systems. It also discusses the future challenges for single-cell analysis, including the advantages and limitations.

This book is enjoyable reading material while at the same time providing essential information to scientists in academia and professionals in industry working on different aspects of single-cell analysis. 

Dr. Fan-Gang Tseng is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering and System Science at the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

Dr. Tuhin Subhra Santra is a Research Associate at the California Nano Systems Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, USA.


High Throughput Screening: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology)

High Throughput Screening: Methods and Protocols (Methods in Molecular Biology) Lowest new price: $118.99
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Quantitative Structure – Activity Relationship: A Practical Approach

Quantitative Structure – Activity Relationship: A Practical Approach Lowest new price: $75.73
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Author: Siavoush Dastmalchi

Generally speaking, quantitative-structure activity relationship (QSAR) is a technique which correlates the biological activities of a set of compounds to their structures using a mathematical equation represented in its general form by Biological Activity = f (x1, ..., xn), where f is a mathematical function and x1, ..., xn are n molecular descriptors. Since the introduction of the initial concept of QSAR in the early 1960s, numerous advances have been introduced into the field transforming it into an essential tool in drug discovery and medicinal chemistry.

Quantitative Structure – Activity Relationship: A Practical Approach provides a detailed overview of computational approaches in QSAR studies. It covers the applications of different algorithms in various steps of a QSAR analysis and shows clear examples. Each chapter introduces the tools and software involved. Moreover, challenges and issues which may be faced in any step of the analysis are thoroughly broken down based on the OECD guidelines, enabling the reader to familiarize themselves with potential end results.

The book was kept concise, making it suitable for students (pharmacy, chemistry and biological science) and lecturers, as well as researchers in the field.


Biological Microtechnique (Microscopy Handbooks)

Biological Microtechnique (Microscopy Handbooks) Lowest new price: $55.90
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Author: Mr Jeremy Sanderson

A completely new practical guide to both new and classical methods of slide-making which is easy-to-read and easy-to-understand. Biological Microtechnique contains a wealth of practical detail which will provide a firm grounding in preparative methods for light microscopy.


The Cartoon Guide to Genetics (Updated Edition)

The Cartoon Guide to Genetics (Updated Edition) Lowest new price: $6.88
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Author: Larry Gonick
Brand: Harper Perennial

Have you ever asked yourself:

Are spliced genes the same as mended Levis?

Watson and Crick? Aren't they a team of British detectives?

Plant sex? Can they do that?

Is Genetic Mutation the name of one of those heavy metal bands?

Asparagine? Which of the four food groups is that in?

Then you need The Cartoon Guide to Genetics to explain the important concepts of classical and modern genetics—it's not only educational, it's funny too!

Having trouble deciphering your genetic code? Do dominant genes make you feel recessive? Let reigning nonfiction cartoonist Larry Gonick and microbiologist Mark Wheelis ease your way through Mendelian genetics, molecular biology, and the basics of genetic engineering. Gonick's drawings range from a moderately detailed look at ribosomes in action to loony pictures of dancing scientists, talking peas, and opinionated fruit flies. Matthew Meselson, co-discoverer of the "one gene-one protein" principle, says, "it puts textbooks to shame"--and he's right. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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