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  1. 9.1 hrs • 5/17/2016 • Unabridged

    Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company’s efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.

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    The Soul of a New Machine

    9.1 hrs • 5/17/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 9.8 hrs • 1/19/2016 • Audio Theater

    Doctor Geek and friends return to continue their mission to investigate science inspired by fiction in the hope to encourage the exploration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Season 2 Investigations: Episode 7 - Our Companion the Robot Investigation BeginsEpisode 8 - Cyber-WorldEpisode 9 - Karaoke ContestEpisode 9.5 - The Science of SantaEpisode 10 - 3D Printer Investigation BeginsEpisode 11 - Through the Looking GlassEpisode 12 - The SwarmEpisode 13 - Bionics Investigation BeginsEpisode 14 - Pedantic’s LabEpisode 15 - Night of the Working DeadSpecial Feature - Cast Interviews Science fiction meets real-world technology in Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 2. It’s the twenty-first century—have you ever wondered what happened to all those inventions, conveniences, and other concepts the future was supposed to bring? Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 2 explores all the realms of applied geekdom, examining the future that was, the future that is, and the future that has not yet come to pass. Dr. Scott Viguié created Doctor Geek’s Laboratory as an outreach to explore the exciting possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the hope of bringing people closer to the scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, and others who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow. Together we will help the future along—and give it a little push when needed. Viguié is an archaeologist and attorney who has done extensive research on myths and their impact on modern archaeology and storytelling. He is the creator of Dr. Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, a website and podcast, where the audience is brought closer to those who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow. At the 2013 TimeGate science fiction convention Viguié was called the next Bill Nye. Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom is produced by Brazen Wench Productions, LLC, and distributed by Waterlogg Productions.

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    Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 2 by Dr. Scott C. Viguié

    Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 2

    Produced by Joe Bevilacqua
    Performed by a full cast
    9.8 hrs • 1/19/16 • Audio Theater
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  3. 10.7 hrs • 10/19/2015 • Unabridged

    The utterly gripping story of the most outrageous case of cyber piracy prosecuted by the US Department of Justice A former US Navy intelligence officer, David Locke Hall was a federal prosecutor when a bizarre-sounding website, CRACK99, came to his attention. It looked like Craigslist on acid, but what it sold was anything but amateurish: thousands of high-tech software products used largely by the military, and for mere pennies on the dollar. Want to purchase satellite tracking software? No problem. Aerospace and aviation simulations? No problem. Communications systems designs? No problem. Software for Marine One, the presidential helicopter? No problem. With delivery times and customer service to rival the world’s most successful online retailers, anybody, anywhere―including rogue regimes, terrorists, and countries forbidden from doing business with the United States―had access to these goods for any purpose whatsoever. But who was behind CRACK99, and where were they? The Justice Department discouraged potentially costly, risky cases like this, preferring the low-hanging fruit that scored points from politicians and the public. But Hall and his colleagues were determined to find the culprit. They bought CRACK99’s products for delivery in the United States, buying more and more to appeal to the budding entrepreneur in the man they identified as Xiang Li. After winning his confidence, they lured him to Saipan―a US commonwealth territory where Hall’s own father had stormed the beaches with the marines during World War II. There they set up an audacious sting that culminated in Xiang Li’s capture and imprisonment. The value of the goods offered by CRACK99? A cool $100 million. An eye-opening look at cybercrime and its chilling consequences for national security, CRACK99 reads like a caper that resonates with every amazing detail.

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    CRACK99 by David Locke Hall

    CRACK99

    10.7 hrs • 10/19/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 9.1 hrs • 6/23/2015 • Unabridged

    In 2004, Kentaro Toyama, an award-winning computer scientist, moved to India to start a new research group for Microsoft. Its mission: to explore novel technological solutions to the world’s persistent social problems. But after a decade of designing technologies for humanitarian causes, Toyama concluded that no technology, however dazzling, could cause social change on its own. Technologists and policy makers love to boast about modern innovation, and in their excitement they exuberantly tout technology’s boon to society. But what have our gadgets actually accomplished? Over the last four decades, America saw an explosion of new technologies, but in that same period the rate of poverty stagnated at a stubborn 13 percent, only to rise in the recent recession. A golden age of innovation in the world’s most advanced country did nothing for our most prominent social ill. Toyama’s warning resounds: Don’t believe the hype! Technology is never the main driver of social progress. Geek Heresy inoculates us against the glib rhetoric of tech utopians by revealing that technology is only an amplifier of human conditions. By telling the moving stories of extraordinary people, Toyama shows that even in a world steeped in technology, social challenges are best met with deeply social solutions.

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    Geek Heresy

    9.1 hrs • 6/23/15 • Unabridged
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    8.1 hrs • 2/17/2015 • Unabridged

    The word spread through the hacking underground like some unstoppable new virus: someone—some brilliant, audacious crook—had just staged a hostile takeover of an online criminal network that siphoned billions of dollars from the US economy. The FBI rushed to launch an ambitious undercover operation aimed at tracking down this new kingpin. Other agencies around the world deployed dozens of moles and double agents. Together the cyber-cops lured numerous unsuspecting hackers into their clutches. Yet at every turn, their main quarry displayed an uncanny ability to sniff out their snitches and see through their plots. The culprit they sought was the most unlikely of criminals: a brilliant programmer with a hippie ethic and a supervillain’s double identity. Together with a smooth-talking con artist, he ran a massive real-world crime ring.

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    Kingpin

    8.1 hrs • 2/17/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.2 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Conventional wisdom has North America entering a new era of energy abundance thanks to shale gas. But has industry been honest? Cold, Hungry and in the Dark argues that declining productivity combined with increasing demand will trigger a crisis that will cause prices to skyrocket, damage the economy, and have a profound impact on the lives of nearly every North American. Relying on faulty science, bought-and-paid-for-white papers masquerading as independent research and “industry consultants,” the “shale promoters” have vastly overstated the viable supply of shale gas resources for their own financial gain. This startling exposé, written by an industry insider, suggests that the stakes involved in the Enron scandal might seem like lunch money in comparison to the bursting of the natural gas bubble. Exhaustively researched and rigorously documented, Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Puts supply-and-demand trends under a microscopeProvides overwhelming evidence of the absurdity of the one hundred-year supply mythSuggests numerous ways to mitigate the upcoming natural gas price spike The mainstream media has told us that natural gas will be cheap and plentiful for decades, when nothing could be further from the truth. Forewarned is forearmed. Cold, Hungry and in the Dark is vital reading for anyone concerned about the inevitable economic impact of our uncertain energy future.

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    Cold, Hungry, and in the Dark

    Foreword by Art Berman
    7.2 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.7 hrs • 7/15/2014 • Unabridged

    In the tradition of Who Owns the Future? and The Second Machine Age, an MIT Media Lab scientist imagines how everyday objects can intuit our needs and improve our lives. We are now standing at the precipice of the next transformative development: the Internet of Things. Soon, connected technology will be embedded in hundreds of everyday objects we already use: our cars, wallets, watches, umbrellas, even our trash cans. These objects will respond to our needs, come to know us, and learn to think on our behalf. David Rose calls these devices—which are just beginning to creep into the marketplace—Enchanted Objects. Some believe the future will look like more of the same—more smartphones, tablets, screens embedded in every conceivable surface. Rose has a different vision: technology that atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life. Groundbreaking, timely, and provocative, Enchanted Objects is a blueprint for a better future, where efficient solutions come hand in hand with technology that delights our senses. It is essential reading for designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone who wishes to understand the future and stay relevant in the Internet of Things.

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    Enchanted Objects

    Read by Corey Brill
    7.7 hrs • 7/15/14 • Unabridged
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  8. 9.0 hrs • 4/17/2014 • Unabridged

    From Lewis Dartnell, a brilliantly original guide to the fundamentals of science and how it built our modern world as well as a thought experiment about the very idea of scientific knowledge itself.

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    The Knowledge

    9.0 hrs • 4/17/14 • Unabridged
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    12.4 hrs • 1/7/2014 • Unabridged

    Motivated by the idea of turning Flushing Meadows, literally a land of refuse, into his greatest public park, Robert Moses—New York’s “master builder”—brought the World’s Fair to the Big Apple for 1964 and ’65. Though considered a financial failure, the 1964/65 World’s Fair was a sixties flash point in areas from politics to pop culture, technology to urban planning, and civil rights to violent crime. In an epic narrative, Tomorrow-Land shows the astonishing pivots taken by New York City, America, and the world during the fair. It fetched Disney’s empire from California and Michelangelo’s La Pietà from Europe and displayed flickers of innovation from Ford, GM, and NASA—from undersea and outer-space colonies to personal computers. It housed the controversial work of Warhol (until Governor Rockefeller had it removed) and lured Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Meanwhile, the fair—and its house band, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians—sat in the musical shadows of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, who changed rock and roll right there in Queens. And as southern civil rights efforts turned deadly, and violent protests also occurred in and around the fair, Harlem-based Malcolm X predicted a frightening future of inner-city racial conflict. World’s Fairs have always been collisions of eras, cultures, nations, technologies, ideas, and art. But the trippy, turbulent, Technicolor, Disney, corporate, and often misguided 1964/65 fair was truly exceptional.

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    Tomorrow-Land by Joseph Tirella

    Tomorrow-Land

    12.4 hrs • 1/7/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.0 hrs • 12/1/2013 • Audio Theater

    Science fiction meets real-world technology in Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 1 It’s the twenty-first century—have you ever wondered what happened to all those inventions, conveniences, and other concepts the future was supposed to bring? Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 1 explores all the realms of applied geekdom, examining the future that was, the future that is, and the future that has not yet come to pass. Dr. Scott Viguié created Doctor Geek’s Laboratory as an outreach to explore the exciting possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the hope of bringing people closer to the scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, and others who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow. Together we will help the future along—and give it a little push when needed.

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    Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 1 by Dr. Scott C. Viguié

    Doctor Geek’s Laboratory, Season 1

    Produced by Joe Bevilacqua
    Performed by a full cast
    6.0 hrs • 12/1/13 • Audio Theater
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  11. 8.0 hrs • 11/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Fresh and insightful, The Half-Life of Facts offers a new approach to understanding the ever-changing information that bombards us. Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from healthy to deadly. The recommended age for a mammogram continues to increase. And the healthiness of carbs and fat seems to be in constant flux. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe, that Pluto was a planet, and that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. What we know about the world is constantly changing. Samuel Arbesman is an expert in scientometrics, literally the science of science—how we know what we know. He shows us how knowledge in most fields evolves systematically and predictably and how this evolution can have a powerful impact on our lives. The Half-Life of Facts features fascinating examples from fields as diverse as technology and literature. Approachable yet abstract, Arbesman shows us how we can find new ways to measure the world while also accepting the limits of how much we can know with certainty.

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    The Half-Life of Facts

    8.0 hrs • 11/1/13 • Unabridged
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    13.0 hrs • 10/15/2013 • Unabridged

    The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that’s never been cracked—until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech’s other elite innovators—Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg—Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing. The Everything Store will be the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

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    The Everything Store

    13.0 hrs • 10/15/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 10.7 hrs • 9/12/2013 • Unabridged

    It’s undeniable—technology is changing the way we think. But is it for the better? Amid a chorus of doomsayers, Clive Thompson delivers a resounding “yes.” The Internet age has produced a radical new style of human intelligence, worthy of both celebration and analysis. We learn more and retain it longer, write and think with global audiences, and even gain an ESP-like awareness of the world around us. Modern technology is making us smarter, better connected, and often deeper—both as individuals and as a society. In Smarter Than You Think Thompson shows that every technological innovation—from the written word to the printing press to the telegraph—has provoked the very same anxieties that plague us today. We panic that life will never be the same; that our attentions are eroding; that culture is being trivialized. But as in the past, we adapt—learning to use the new and retaining what’s good of the old. Thompson introduces us to a cast of extraordinary characters who augment their minds in inventive ways. There’s the seventy-six-year old millionaire who digitally records his every waking moment—giving him instant recall of the events and ideas of his life, even going back decades. There’s a group of courageous Chinese students who mounted an online movement that shut down a $1.6 billion toxic copper plant. There are experts and there are amateurs, including a global set of gamers who took a puzzle that had baffled HIV scientists for a decade—and solved it collaboratively in only one month. Smarter Than You Think isn’t just about pioneers. It’s about everyday users of technology and how our digital tools—from Google to Twitter to Facebook and smartphones—are giving us new ways to learn, talk, and share our ideas. Thompson harnesses the latest discoveries in social science to explore how digital technology taps into our long-standing habits of mind—pushing them in powerful new directions. Our thinking will continue to evolve as newer tools enter our lives. Smarter Than You Think embraces and extols this transformation, presenting an exciting vision of the present and the future.

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    10.7 hrs • 9/12/13 • Unabridged
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    11.9 hrs • 4/30/2013 • Unabridged

    K. Eric Drexler is the founding father of nanotechnology—the science of engineering on a molecular level. In Radical Abundance, he shows how rapid scientific progress is about to change our world. Thanks to atomically precise manufacturing, we will soon have the power to produce radically more of what people want and at a lower cost. The result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment. Already, scientists have constructed prototypes for circuit boards built of millions of precisely arranged atoms. The advent of this kind of atomic precision promises to change the way we make things—cleanly, inexpensively, and on a global scale. It allows us to imagine a world where solar arrays cost no more than cardboard and aluminum foil, and laptops cost about the same. A provocative tour of cutting edge science and its implications by the field’s founder and master, Radical Abundance offers a mind-expanding vision of a world hurtling toward an unexpected future.

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    Radical Abundance

    11.9 hrs • 4/30/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 9.0 hrs • 4/23/2013 • Unabridged

    Radical connectivity—our ability to connect instantly, constantly, and globally—is altering the exercise of power with dramatic speed and reshaping our biggest institutions. Governments, corporations, centers of knowledge, and expertise are eroding before the power of the individual. In some cases this is a positive development, but as Mele reveals, the promise of the Internet comes with a troubling downside. How do we trust information when journalists are replaced by bloggers, phone videos, and tweets? Will the collapse of two-party government bring us qualified leaders or demagogues and special-interest-controlled politicians? When web-based micro-businesses can out-compete major corporations, who enforces basic regulations on product safety, privacy protection, fraud, and tax collection? Unless we exercise deliberate moral choice over the design and use of technologies, Mele contends, we doom ourselves to a future that tramples human values, renders social structures chaotic, and destroys rather than enhances freedom. Both hopeful and alarming, thought-provoking and passionately-argued, The End of Big is an important book about our present—and our future.

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    The End of Big

    9.0 hrs • 4/23/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.0 hrs • 8/1/2012 • Unabridged

    In this remarkably prescient book, Gilder predicts how television will merge with other technologies and evolve into the telecomputer, a personal computer adapted for video processing and connected by fiberoptic threads to other personal computers around the world. This interactive system will change how we do business, educate our children, and spend our leisure time. It will imperil all large, centralized organizations, including broadcasting and cable networks, phone companies, government bureaucracies, and multinational corporations. But the United States has only to unleash its industrial resources to command the “telefuture,” in which new technology will overthrow the stultifying influence of mass media, renew the power of individuals, and promote democracy throughout the world.

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    Life after Television

    2.0 hrs • 8/1/12 • Unabridged
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