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The Resource The ascent of information : books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm, Caleb Scharf

The ascent of information : books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm, Caleb Scharf

Label
The ascent of information : books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm
Title
The ascent of information
Title remainder
books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm
Statement of responsibility
Caleb Scharf
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Your information has a life of its own, and it's using you to get what it wants. One of the most peculiar and possibly unique features of humans is the vast amount of information we carry outside our biological selves. But in our rush to build the infrastructure for the 20 quintillion bits we create every day, we've failed to ask exactly why we're expending ever-increasing amounts of energy, resources, and human effort to maintain all this data. Drawing on deep ideas and frontier thinking in evolutionary biology, computer science, information theory, and astrobiology, Caleb Scharf argues that information is, in a very real sense, alive. All the data we create-all of our emails, tweets, selfies, A.I.-generated text and funny cat videos-amounts to an aggregate lifeform. It has goals and needs. It can control our behavior and influence our well-being. And it's an organism that has evolved right alongside us. This symbiotic relationship with information offers a startling new lens for looking at the world. Data isn't just something we produce; it's the reason we exist. This powerful idea has the potential to upend the way we think about our technology, our role as humans, and the fundamental nature of life. The Ascent of Information offers a humbling vision of a universe built of and for information. Scharf explores how our relationship with data will affect our ongoing evolution as a species. Understanding this relationship will be crucial to preventing our data from becoming more of a burden than an asset, and to preserving the possibility of a human future"--
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1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scharf, Caleb
Dewey number
003/.54
Index
index present
LC call number
Q360
LC item number
.S293 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Information theory
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human-machine systems
Label
The ascent of information : books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm, Caleb Scharf
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Our eternal data -- The burden of an idea -- In sickness and in health -- An ever more tangled bank -- Genes, memes, and dreams -- The information river -- Life made machine -- The great blending -- A universe of dataomes
Control code
on1202297934
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780593087244
Lccn
2020046554
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1202297934
Label
The ascent of information : books, bits, genes, machines, and life's unending algorithm, Caleb Scharf
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Our eternal data -- The burden of an idea -- In sickness and in health -- An ever more tangled bank -- Genes, memes, and dreams -- The information river -- Life made machine -- The great blending -- A universe of dataomes
Control code
on1202297934
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9780593087244
Lccn
2020046554
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1202297934

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