When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: 21 layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This book is the story of that spacesuit. It is a story of the triumph over the military-industrial complex by the International Latex Corporation, best known by its consumer brand of ´´Playtex´´ - a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness, of adaptation over cybernetics. Playtex´s spacesuit went up against hard armor-like spacesuits designed by military contractors and favored by NASA´s engineers. It was only when those attempts failed - when traditional engineering firms could not integrate the body into mission requirements - that Playtex, with its intimate expertise, got the job. In Spacesuit, Nicholas de Monchaux tells the story of the 21-layer spacesuit in 21 chapters addressing 21 topics relevant to the suit, the body, and the technology of the 20th century. He touches, among other things, on 18th-century androids, Christian Dior´s New Look, Atlas missiles, cybernetics and cyborgs, latex, JFK´s carefully cultivated image, the CBS lunar broadcast soundstage, NASA´s Mission Control, and the applications of Apollo-style engineering to city planning. The 21-layer spacesuit, de Monchaux argues, offers an object lesson. It tells us about redundancy and interdependence and about the distinctions between natural and man-made complexity; it teaches us to know the virtues of adaptation and to see the future as a set of possibilities rather than a scripted scenario. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bronson Pinchot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017563/bk_adbl_017563_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth´s government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep (´´The Android´s Dream´´), used in the alien race´s coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire, who with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it, in the unknowing form of Robin Baker, pet store owner, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA. But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: Mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a 21st century science-fiction author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth. To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off the greatest diplomatic coup in history, a grand gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There´s only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker - and to protect the future of humanity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wil Wheaton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002594/bk_adbl_002594_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kala Ghoda is the first Data Pack in the Mumbad Cycle for Android: Netrunner, which introduces players to the future of the Indian Union, the planets most populous democracy and generally a hopeful, dynamic place.Now, as elections draw near, the I.U. is torn by a single, heated question: should clones be granted full citizenship?The largest megapolis of Indian Union, Mumbad, is home to many of the worlds greatest technological advancements, and while there remain vast gulfs between the nations richest individuals and its poorest, they are no longer separated by the specter of the caste system. In theory, the scheduled castes are relics of history, but daily life acknowledges two: human and android.Sixty new cards (including a complete playset of nineteen different cards) explore this question and the political turmoil it raises, even as Jinteki pulls out all the stops to make sure their most lucrative product remains just that: a product.
Mechanical Error is a thrilling, introspective post-cyberpunk detective story set in a sprawling, dystopian near future.A string of bizarre murders across New Cyber City. For Earth Corps Agent Charlotte McCain, that should have been just another day at the office. But this case felt different. It wasn´t just people inexplicably exploding; weird was her business. This one was hitting nerves she´d worked hard to numb. That irritated her almost as much as partnering up with brilliant but troubled Agent Tom Murdoch to solve the mystery before more victims went up in flames.Meanwhile, a rogue android with a dark history took to the stage, delighting audiences, who never guessed the terrifying mission he pursued in the shadows beyond the spotlight....Also included: Blank Check, a Cyberpunk novelette that follows eccentric genius John Rutledge on a tropical adventure for which he never asked. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Graham II. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/134658/bk_acx0_134658_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From mechanical automata to modern-day androids and animal robots, this children´s book for ages 9-11 covers artificial intelligence (AI) throughout history. Robotics is experiencing an explosion - with more than 45 million robots estimated to be in operation by 2019. Robotics and AI will increasingly become a part of daily life: from drones used in battle to robot helpers taking care of hospital patients, and from service robots packing food to rescue robots finding people after a disaster. Robot explains how robots work, how they are made, and shows what the cutting-edge of science, technology, mechanical engineering, and computing looks like. This kids´ robot book showcases more than 100 robots, representing the latest and greatest innovations in AI through bright graphics and stunning photography. Tech panels present fascinating facts about each robot´s design, production, and capability. The final chapter covers the future of robotics, and how kids of the not-too-distant future may have their very own android friends. Young readers will be riveted by the vibrant graphics, zesty colours, and mend-bending array of information that Robot provides.
This is a two book bundle related to hacking mobile devices, game consoles, and apps and dominating the Python programming language! In Hacking University, Sophomore Edition you will learn: The history and security flaws of mobile hacking Unlocking your device from your carrier and various methods of securing mobile and tablet devices Modding, jailbreaking, and rooting How to unlock android and I-phone devices Modding video game consoles such as Xbox and Playstation What to do with a bricked device PC emulators And much more! In Hacking University, Junior Edition you will learn: The history of Python language The benefits of learning Python and the job market outlook when learning Python Setting up a development environment Variables, variable types, inputs, string formatting, decision structures, conditional operators, loops Several programming examples to make sure you practice what you learn String formatting and programming concepts Classes, special methods, and inheritance Key modules, and common errors And a whole lot more! Get your copy today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Theis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075239/bk_acx0_075239_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here´s a time travel tale that takes place during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 12 year-old Ray stumbles upon an android from the future that has been sent back to 1962 to change the course of our history. What he asks Ray to help him do will shock you in this gripping story of impossible choices. This story won the Hugo for Best Novelette in 2000.Author James Patrick Kelly is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award and a 2007 Nebula Award winner. His stories appear frequently in Asimov´s Science Fiction, and he writes the magazine´s ´´On the Net´´ column. Publishers Weekly has called him ´´a meticulous craftsman in the demanding short-story form´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Patrick Kelly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jpkc/071228/bk_jpkc_071228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
English for Everyone is an exciting and comprehensive self-study course for adults learning English as a foreign language. This course is a unique new series with a visual, engaging, and easy to follow style to make the English language easy to learn. Learn business English by reinforcing key language skills, grammar rules, and vocabulary with listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises. This unique course is easy to use, starting at beginner level and working up to advanced English to help you grow in confidence as you learn. This Business English Beginner Practice Book introduces business topics such as meetings and presentations, telephone language, company history, and business lunches. Audio material is provided at every stage through the English For Everyone website and Android/iOS apps to provide vital experience of spoken English and make even tricky phrases easy to understand. Perfect for personal study or to support exams including TOEFL and IELTS, English for Everyone is suitable for all levels of English language learners.
English for Everyone is an exciting and comprehensive self-study course for adults learning English as a foreign language. This course is a unique new series with a visual, engaging, and easy to follow style to make the English language easy to learn. Learn business English by reinforcing key language skills, grammar rules, and vocabulary with listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises. This unique course is easy to use, starting at beginner level and working up to advanced English to help you grow in confidence as you learn. This Business English Beginner Course Book introduces business topics such as meetings and presentations, telephone language, company history, and business lunches. Audio material is provided at every stage through the English For Everyone website and Android/iOS apps to provide vital experience of spoken English and make even tricky phrases easy to understand. Perfect for personal study or to support exams including TOEFL and IELTS, English for Everyone is suitable for all levels of English language learners.