New Books Network

John Danaher, “Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World without Work” (Harvard UP, 2019)
The future is a constant focus of anxiety, and we are all familiar with the pressures that come distinctively from automation – the transformation by which tasks formerly assigned to humans come to be performed by machines.  These days, the stakes seem to be higher, as technology now seems poised... Read More
Angelina Callahan, “NASA in the World: Fifty Years of International Collaboration in Space” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
Angelina Callahan talks about the Naval Research Laboratory’s Vanguard Project. While the launch of Vanguard 1 in 1958 was part of the Cold War “Space Race,” it also represented something more: a scientific platform for understanding the space environment as well as a test vehicle that would provide data for... Read More
Evan Friss, “On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City” (Columbia UP, 2019)
Evan Friss, an associate professor of history at James Madison University, historicizes the bicycle’s place in New York City’s social, economic, infrastructural and cultural politics. On Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2019) curates a history of the key moments and individuals who... Read More
Phoebe Moore, “The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts” (Routledge, 2017)
Humans are accustomed to being tool bearers, but what happens when machines become tool bearers, calculating human labour via the use of big data and people analytics by metrics? Phoebe Moore‘s The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts (Routledge, 2017) highlights how, whether it be in insecure ‘gig’ work... Read More
Steve Fuller, “The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Steve Fuller and Veronika Lipinska‘s The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) debates the concept of transforming human nature, including such thorny topics as humanity’s privilege as a species, our capacity to ‘play God’, the idea that we might treat our genes as a capital investment, eugenics and... Read More
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