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
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
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
Nir Eyal, “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
A former advisor to tech companies on how to make their products habit-forming, Nir Eyal found that his own smartphone use was adversely affecting his family life.  He took a deep dive into research and literature on the subject, and emerged with this new book (with Julie Li), Indistractable: How... Read More
Jonathan Rees, “Before the Refrigerator: How We Used to Get Ice” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Frederic Tudor was the “Ice King” of early nineteenth-century America. It was Tudor who realized that ice, harvested from New England ponds and rivers could be shipped to the Caribbean. Shipping was cheap, because ships often went empty to pick up cargo; insulation could be made from sawdust, a waste... Read More
J. Yates and C. N. Murphy, “Engineering Rules: Global Standard Setting since 1880” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2019)
Standards are crucial to the way we live—just look around you. A no. 2 pencil, perhaps? That arrived in an 8×8.5×20 shipping container? Standards allow your computer and smart phone to connect seamlessly with others. While it is clear that standards shape the material world we live in, someone decided... Read More