A fascinating exploration of the history, development, and
future of virtual reality, a technology with world-changing
potential, written by award-winning journalist and author David
Ewalt, stemming from his 2015 Forbes cover story
about the Oculus Rift and its creator Palmer Luckey.
In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of
the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the
emails they stole may have changed the course of American
democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the
bigger, more important story.
At a time when Steve Jobs was only a teenager and Mark Zuckerberg
wasn’t even born, a group of visionary engineers and
designers—some of them only high school students—in the
late 1960s and 1970s created a computer system called PLATO, which
was light-years ahead in experimenting with how people would learn,
engage, communicate, and play through connected computers.
ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2015
One of the world’s leading authorities on global security,
Marc Goodman takes readers deep into the digital underground to
expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even
countries are using new and emerging technologies against
you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever
Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind
the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts and shows how
its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare—one in
which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as
a megaton bomb.
A news-breaking account of the global stock market's
subterranean battles, Dark Pools portrays the rise of the "bots"-
artificially intelligent systems that execute trades in
milliseconds and use the cover of darkness to out-maneuver the
humans who've created them.
“It is possible to invent a single machine which can be
used to compute any computable sequence,”
twenty-four-year-old Alan Turing announced in 1936. In
Turing’s Cathedral, George Dyson focuses on a small
group of men and women, led by John von Neumann at the Institute
for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who built one of the
first computers to realize Alan Turing’s vision of a
From one of our most acclaimed novelists, a
David-and-Goliath biography for the digital age.
One night in the late 1930s, in a bar on the Illinois–Iowa
border, John Vincent Atanasoff, a professor of physics at Iowa
State University, after a frustrating day performing tedious
mathematical calculations in his lab, hit on the idea that the
binary number system and electronic switches, combined with an
array of capacitors on a moving drum to serve as memory, could
yield a computing machine that would make his life and the lives of
other similarly burdened scientists easier.