New Books Network

Laura Cabrera, “Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
In Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Laura Cabrera discusses three possible human enhancement paradigms and explores how each involves different values, uses of technology, and different degrees and kinds of ethical concerns. A new framework is advanced that promotes technological innovation that serves the... Read More
Thomas Yarrow, “Architects: Portraits of a Practice” (Cornell UP, 2019)
What is creativity? What is the relationship between work life and personal life? How is it possible to live truthfully in a world of contradiction and compromise? These deep and deeply personal questions spring to the fore in Thomas Yarrow‘s vivid exploration of the life of architects. Yarrow takes us... Read More
E. Jones-Imhotep and T. Adcock, “Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History” (UBC Press, 2018)
Science and technology have shaped not only economic empires and industrial landscapes, but also the identities, anxieties, and understandings of people living in modern times. The book I’m looking at today, Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History (University of British Columbia Press, 2018) explores the complex interconnections between... Read More
Audrey Kurth Cronin, “Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Never have so many possessed the means to be so lethal. The diffusion of modern technology (robotics, cyber weapons, 3-D printing, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence) to ordinary people has given them access to weapons of mass violence previously monopolized by the state. In recent years, states have attempted to... Read More
Jason Smith, “To Master the Boundless Sea: The US Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire” (UNC Press, 2018)
Jason Smith discusses the US Navy’s role in exploring and charting the ocean world. Smith is an assistant professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University. He’s the author of To Master the Boundless Sea: The US Navy, the Marine Environment, and the Cartography of Empire (UNC Press, 2018). As... Read More
Michael R. Boswell, “Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities” (Island Press, 2019)
Climate Action Planning: A Guide to Creating Low-Carbon, Resilient Communities (Island Press, 2019) is designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop and implement plans to mitigate a community’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resilience of communities against climate change... Read More
Deborah Lupton, “The Quantified Self” (Polity, 2016)
With the advent of digital devices and software, self-tracking practices have gained new adherents and have spread into a wide array of social domains. The Quantified Self movement has emerged to promote ‘self-knowledge through numbers’. In The Quantified Self (Polity, 2016), Deborah Lupton critically analyses the social, cultural and political... Read More