Friday, August 5, 2016

OVERCOMPLICATED: Technology at the Limits


A new tech science book OVERCOMPLICATED details the qualities of randomness which are added to computer systems which are too large for upgrades to deal with…essentially, chips are so powerful now, and the algorithms which control mass media platforms so dense, that retrofitting new tech onto old produces quantum fluctuations in the results. There is simply no way to scratch everything and start over to produce reliable glitch-free use. Much of the “dark code” that lurks in systems interacts with new code in ways that no one expects. This is why so many fixes are needed by Apple and Android products. “Bugs” live in niches too deep to eradicate completely. It is written by math scholar Samuel Arbesman, and narrated by Sean Pratt. Also, the psychology book THE WORM AT THE CORE reveals why our fear of death motivates our obsession with money and fame. And a new scifi novel THE BIG SHEEP is out. Description: Los Angeles of 2039 is a baffling and bifurcated place. After the Collapse of 2028, a vast section of LA, the Disincorporated Zone, was disowned by the civil authorities, and became essentially a third world country within the borders of the city. Navigating the boundaries between DZ and LA proper is a tricky task, and there’s no one better suited than eccentric private investigator Erasmus Keane. When a valuable genetically altered #sheep mysteriously goes missing from Esper Corporation’s labs, Keane is the one they call. But while the erratic Keane and his more grounded partner, Blake Fowler, are on the trail of the lost sheep, they land an even bigger case. Beautiful television star Priya Mistry suspects that someone is trying to kill her—and she wants Keane to find out who. When Priya vanishes and then reappears with no memory of having hired them, Keane and Fowler realize something very strange is going on. As they unravel the threads of the #mystery, it soon becomes clear that the two cases are connected—and both point to a sinister #conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the city. Saving Priya and the sheep will take all of Keane’s wits and Fowler’s skills, but in the end, they may discover that some secrets are better left hidden.


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