Over the summer, I participated in a Sci-Fi reading challenge by Fortified by Books. In addition to motivating me to get around to reading some great sci-fi, it made me realize something liberating: you can invent your own reading challenges! For years, I have been participating in those year-long 50 category challenges, but sometimes they started to feel oppressive. That’s why I love these short-term challenges that increase my knowledge of a specific genre. So this fall, I challenged myself to break into a genre I rarely touch, by reading as much nonfiction in the month of November as I can. Here are some of the books I chose: Continue reading Personal Reading Challenges: Nonfic November
Passion and personality is how you describe the execution and historic figures of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage* The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua. Intrigued and then inspired by the awesome and dynamic Ada Lovelace, Padua created a new form of the illustrated and annotated novel. You can approach the book as the illustrated and annotated correspondence between Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, however, it is so much more. Padua elaborates on the formidable friendship and what could have been partnership. Continue reading Lovelace and Babbage: The Original Science Bros
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With the winter holidays coming up (not to mention all those like myself who have birthdays this time of year), there are plenty of opportunities for gift-giving in the coming weeks, so the staff of the Daily Geekette decided to share some of our picks for geeky gifts you can give. Some of these are items that Geekettes have given or received as gifts, and some of them are just things that we thought looked awesome. We’ve sorted our recommendations into different categories to help you find just the right for your fellow Geekette. Enjoy!
What I really couldn’t live without however are antibiotics, vaccinations, modern food preservation and sanitation facilities. Nearly everything we rely on every day was born, at least in part, in a laboratory during the last fifty years. Why then does it seem that science and discovery is such a terrifying prospect? When cutting edge scientific discovery makes it to the big screen more often than not it serves as a caution against too much progress. There are always dire consequences for pushing out boundaries too far and losing control of our destinies and identities as human beings.
On April 18th, Transcendence, Wally Pfister’s new film focusing on Artificial Intelligence and human consciousness opens. Johnny Depp stars as a Dr. Will Caster, whose work centers on creating a sentient machine with the emotional range of a human being and all the world’s collective knowledge. The basic synopsis and trailer paint a picture of another cautionary tale against pushing the boundaries of science and current morality. Continue reading Science Is Your Friend