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The Book
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 344

The Book

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-04-27
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

The book as object, as content, as idea, as interface. What is the book in a digital age? Is it a physical object containing pages encased in covers? Is it a portable device that gives us access to entire libraries? The codex, the book as bound paper sheets, emerged around 150 CE. It was preceded by clay tablets and papyrus scrolls. Are those books? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Amaranth Borsuk considers the history of the book, the future of the book, and the idea of the book. Tracing the interrelationship of form and content in the book's development, she bridges book history, book arts, and electronic literature to expand our definition of an object we though...

Robots
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Robots

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-10-14
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An accessible and engaging account of robots, covering the current state of the field, the fantasies of popular culture, and implications for life and work.

Deep Learning
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 800

Deep Learning

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-11-10
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

"Written by three experts in the field, Deep Learning is the only comprehensive book on the subject." -- Elon Musk, cochair of OpenAI; cofounder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Deep learning is a form of machine learning that enables computers to learn from experience and understand the world in terms of a hierarchy of concepts. Because the computer gathers knowledge from experience, there is no need for a human computer operator to formally specify all the knowledge that the computer needs. The hierarchy of concepts allows the computer to learn complicated concepts by building them out of simpler ones; a graph of these hierarchies would be many layers deep. This book introduces a broad range of...

Practicable
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 952

Practicable

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-10-21
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  • Publisher: Mit Press

How are we to understand works of art that are realized with the physical involvement of the viewer? A relationship between a work of art and its audience that is rooted in an experience that is both aesthetic and physical? Today, these works often use digital technologies, but artists have created participatory works since the 1950s. In this book, critics, writers, and artists offer diverse perspectives on this kind of "practicable" art that bridges contemplation and use, discussing and documenting a wide variety of works from the last several decades. The contributors consider both works that are technologically mediated and those that are not, as long as they are characterized by a proces...

Opening Up Education
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 477

Opening Up Education

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Experts discuss the potential for open education tools, resources, and knowledge to transform the economics and ecology of education.

Paradox
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 225

Paradox

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-02-14
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An introduction to paradoxes showing that they are more than mere puzzles but can prompt new ways of thinking.

Mismatch
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

Mismatch

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-10-16
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

How inclusive methods can build elegant design solutions that work for all. Sometimes designed objects reject their users: a computer mouse that doesn't work for left-handed people, for example, or a touchscreen payment system that only works for people who read English phrases, have 20/20 vision, and use a credit card. Something as simple as color choices can render a product unusable for millions. These mismatches are the building blocks of exclusion. In Mismatch, Kat Holmes describes how design can lead to exclusion, and how design can also remedy exclusion. Inclusive design methods—designing objects with rather than for excluded users—can create elegant solutions that work well and b...

The Little Typer
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 424

The Little Typer

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-09-18
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

An introduction to dependent types, demonstrating the most beautiful aspects, one step at a time. A program's type describes its behavior. Dependent types are a first-class part of a language, and are much more powerful than other kinds of types; using just one language for types and programs allows program descriptions to be as powerful as the programs they describe. The Little Typer explains dependent types, beginning with a very small language that looks very much like Scheme and extending it to cover both programming with dependent types and using dependent types for mathematical reasoning. Readers should be familiar with the basics of a Lisp-like programming language, as presented in th...

The Future
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

The Future

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-12
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

The future is like an unwritten book. It is not something we see in a crystal ball, or can only hope to predict, like the weather. In this volume of the MIT Press's Essential Knowledge series, Nick Montfort argues that the future is something to be made, not predicted. Montfort offers what he considers essential knowledge about the future, as seen in the work of writers, artists, inventors, and designers (mainly in Western culture) who developed and described the core components of the futures they envisioned. Montfort's approach is not that of futurology or scenario planning; instead, he reports on the work of making the future -- the thinkers who devoted themselves to writing pages in the ...

The 1668
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 492

The 1668

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-10-06
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Peter Sahlins's brilliant new book reveals the remarkable and understudied "animal moment" in and around 1668 in which authors (including La Fontaine, whose Fables appeared in that year), anatomists, painters, sculptors, and especially the young Louis XIV turned their attention to nonhuman beings. At the center of the Year of the Animal was the Royal Menagerie in the gardens of Versailles, dominated by exotic and graceful birds. In the unfolding of his original and sophisticated argument, Sahlins shows how the animal bodies of the menagerie and others were critical to a dramatic rethinking of governance, nature, and the human. The animals of 1668 helped to shift an entire worldview in France...