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Systems Analysis and Design (Hardcover, 11th Edition): Harry J. Rosenblatt, Scott Tilley Systems Analysis and Design (Hardcover, 11th Edition)
Harry J. Rosenblatt, Scott Tilley
R801 R685 Discovery Miles 6 850 Save R116 (14%) In stock

Discover a practical, streamlined, updated approach to information systems development that covers both traditional and emerging technologies and approaches to systems analysis and design. SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN, 11E offers a well-organized, streamlined approach. Chapter objectives are keyed directly to chapter headings, making content easy to comprehend and convenient to study. Numerous real-world examples and screenshots ensure content is current and relevant. In addition, key terms at the end of the chapter now include definitions so you don't have to flip back and forth to a glossary. Exercises throughout this edition emphasize critical thinking and IT skills in a dynamic, business-related environment. This new edition offers everything you need to prepare for success in today's intensely competitive and rapidly changing business world.

Principles Of Business Information Systems (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Ralph Stair, George Reynolds, Thomas Chesney Principles Of Business Information Systems (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Ralph Stair, George Reynolds, Thomas Chesney 2
R709 R606 Discovery Miles 6 060 Save R103 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Now in its third edition, Principles of Business Information Systems has been fully updated with new cases, new questions and assignments and the latest technologies, whilst also retaining its comprehensive coverage of Information Systems issues.

This new international edition also boasts a wealth of real world examples from a broad range of countries and updated coverage of IT and technological issues, making it perfect for courses that prepare students for the modern corporate world.

Database Systems - Design, Implementation, & Management (Hardcover, 12th edition): Steven Morris, Carlos Coronel Database Systems - Design, Implementation, & Management (Hardcover, 12th edition)
Steven Morris, Carlos Coronel 2
R813 R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Save R111 (14%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Gain a solid foundation in database design and implementation with the practical and easy-to-understand approach in DATABASE SYSTEMS: DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MANAGEMENT, 12E. Filled with diagrams, illustrations, and tables, this market-leading text provides in-depth coverage of database design. You learn the key to successful database implementation: proper design of databases to fit within a larger strategic view of the data environment. Renowned for its clear, straightforward writing style, this text provides an outstanding balance of theory and practice. You gain the hands-on skills to make you attractive to employers. Updates include the latest coverage of cloud data services and a new chapter on Big Data Analytics and NoSQL, including related Hadoop technologies. In addition, new review questions, problem sets, and cases offer multiple opportunities to test your understanding and develop useful design skills.

A Guide To SQL (Paperback, 9th edition): Philip Pratt, Mary Z Last A Guide To SQL (Paperback, 9th edition)
Philip Pratt, Mary Z Last
R732 R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Save R112 (15%) In stock

A GUIDE TO SQL, Ninth Edition, provides an effective introduction to SQL programming using straightforward instruction, extensive hands-on exercises, and a strong foundation in real-world business applications. The Ninth Edition builds on the longstanding success of this proven text by presenting basic SQL commands in the context of a running case, in which a business uses SQL to manage orders, items, customers, and sales reps. The authors emphasize that fundamental principles and practices apply regardless of the database environment chosen, and they include examples from the latest versions of Oracle (R) and Microsoft (R) Access (R), and SQL Server throughout the text.

Discovering Computers  (c)2017 (Paperback, Enhanced Edition): Jennifer Campbell, Steven Freund, Mark Frydenberg, Misty Vermaat,... Discovering Computers (c)2017 (Paperback, Enhanced Edition)
Jennifer Campbell, Steven Freund, Mark Frydenberg, Misty Vermaat, Susan L. Sebok 3
R799 R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Save R115 (14%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Teach students to maximize the use of mobile devices, make the most of online tools for collaboration and communications, and fully utilize today's Internet capabilities with the latest edition DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ENHANCED. Introductory computing students see how technology skills assist in employment and advancing careers. This edition highlights the most recent developments in computer tools and technology with new emphasis on Web Development, creating a strong web presence, and the latest Windows 10 information. To keep content as current as possible, online coverage of contemporary technology developments builds on the book's discussions.

The authors emphasize actionable content with a proven learning structure and practice to reinforce key skills. Self-assessments open each chapter, enabling learners to target study and learn more in less time. DISCOVERING COMPUTERS ENHANCED presents the content students need to succeed in a way that ensures understanding.

Data Structures Using C++ (Paperback, 2nd edition): D. Malik Data Structures Using C++ (Paperback, 2nd edition)
D. Malik
R849 R725 Discovery Miles 7 250 Save R124 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Now in its second edition, D.S. Malik brings his proven approach to C++ programming to the CS2 course. Clearly written with the student in mind, this text focuses on Data Structures and includes advanced topics in C++ such as Linked Lists and the Standard Template Library (STL). The text features abundant visual diagrams, examples, and extended Programming Examples, all of which serve to illuminate difficult concepts. Complete programming code and clear display of syntax, explanation, and example are used throughout the text, and each chapter concludes with a robust exercise set.

Foundations of Computer Science (Paperback, 4th edition): Behrouz A. Forouzan Foundations of Computer Science (Paperback, 4th edition)
Behrouz A. Forouzan
R763 R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Save R112 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Based on the Association for Computing Imagery model curriculum guidelines, Foundations of Computer Science gives students a bird's eye view of Computer Science. This easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate text covers all the fundamentals of computer science required for first year undergraduates embarking on a computing degree. Updated to cover the latest technologies and changes to course requirements, this fourth edition features new chapters, including new coverage on social media and ethical issues.

Database Systems - Design, Implementation, & Management (Hardcover, 13th edition): Carlos Coronel, Steven Morris Database Systems - Design, Implementation, & Management (Hardcover, 13th edition)
Carlos Coronel, Steven Morris
R811 R700 Discovery Miles 7 000 Save R111 (14%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Database skills are among the most in-demand IT skills today. Now you can gain a solid foundation in database design and implementation with the practical, easy-to-understand approach in the market-leading DATABASE SYSTEMS: DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND MANAGEMENT, 13E. Diagrams, illustrations, and tables clarify in-depth coverage of database design. You learn the key to successful database implementation as you study how to properly design databases to fit within the larger strategic data environment. Clear, straightforward writing supports an outstanding balance of theory and practice with hands-on skills today's employers want. Revised SQL coverage offers more SQL examples and simpler explanations that focus on the areas most important for a database career. More coverage of Big Data Analytics and NoSQL, including related Hadoop technologies, now provides a stronger hands-on approach.

Database Principles - Fundamentals of Design, Implementations and Management (with CourseMate and eBook Access Card)... Database Principles - Fundamentals of Design, Implementations and Management (with CourseMate and eBook Access Card) (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Peter Rob, Steven Morris, Carlos Coronel, Keeley Crockett
R740 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R103 (14%) In stock

The second edition of Database Systems maintains its engaging writing style and brevity; its unique balance between theory and practice and its wealth of examples throughout the text; inspiring student-friendly learning at its best. The international edition provides a solid and practical foundation for the design, implementation and management of database systems. This foundation is built on the notion that, while databases are very practical things, their successful creation depends on understanding the important concepts that define them. The new edition has been updated with all the latest developments and technologies and incorporates a generous number of localised and motivating business vignettes that tie the concepts to real-life situations. This edition is suitable for a first course in databases at undergraduate level and will also provide essential material for conversion postgraduate courses. Providing comprehensive and practical coverage of core database concepts, it is an ideal text not only for those studying database management systems in the context of computer science, but also those on courses in the areas of information systems and business information technology. This textbook also comes packaged with a fully tailored CourseMate and an Instructor's website will also be available to adopters.

Discovering Computers  (c)2018: Digital Technology, Data, and Devices (Paperback, New edition): Mark Frydenberg, Jennifer... Discovering Computers (c)2018: Digital Technology, Data, and Devices (Paperback, New edition)
Mark Frydenberg, Jennifer Campbell, Misty Vermaat, Steven Freund
R789 R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Save R115 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Learn to maximize the use of mobile devices, make the most of online tools for collaboration and communication, and fully utilize the web and cloud with the latest edition of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS 2018. Clearly see how technology skills can assist you both in gaining employment and advancing your career. This edition highlights web development, how to create a strong web presence, and take full advantage of the latest Windows 10. To keep your instruction as current as possible, online coverage of contemporary technology developments builds on the book's timely discussions. The authors provide helpful suggestions within a proven learning structure and emphasize meaningful practice to reinforce your skills. Self-assessments open each module and enable you to focus your study and learn more in less time. DISCOVERING COMPUTERS presents the key content you need to succeed, using an approach that ensures understanding.

Database Principles - Fundamentals of Design, Implementation, and Management, International Edition (with Essential Resources... Database Principles - Fundamentals of Design, Implementation, and Management, International Edition (with Essential Resources Site Printed Access Card) (Paperback, 10th edition)
Stephen Morris, Peter Rob, Carlos Coronel
R833 R713 Discovery Miles 7 130 Save R120 (14%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Practical and easy to understand Database Principles: Fundamentals of Design, Implementation, and Management, 10/e, International Edition gives readers a solid foundation in database design and implementation. Filled with visual aids such as diagrams, illustrations, and tables, this market-leading book provides in-depth coverage of database design, demonstrating that the key to successful database implementation is in proper design of databases to fit within a larger strategic view of the data environment. Renowned for its clear, straightforward writing style, the tenth edition has been thoroughly updated to include hot topics such as green computing/sustainability for modern data centers, the role of redundant relationships, and examples of web-database connectivity and code security. In addition, new review questions, problem sets, and cases have been added throughout the book so that readers have multiple opportunities to test their understanding and develop real and useful design skills.

Introduction to Computer Theory (Paperback, 2Rev ed): Daniel I. A. Cohen Introduction to Computer Theory (Paperback, 2Rev ed)
Daniel I. A. Cohen 4
R4,708 R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Save R4,092 (87%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

This text strikes a good balance between rigor and an intuitive approach to computer theory. Covers all the topics needed by computer scientists with a sometimes humorous approach that reviewers found "refreshing". It is easy to read and the coverage of mathematics is fairly simple so readers do not have to worry about proving theorems.

Guide to Network Defense and Countermeasures, International Edition (Paperback, 3rd edition): Randy Weaver, Dean Farwood, Dawn... Guide to Network Defense and Countermeasures, International Edition (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Randy Weaver, Dean Farwood, Dawn Weaver
R978 R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Save R154 (16%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

GUIDE TO NETWORK DEFENSE AND COUNTERMEASURES provides a thorough guide to perimeter defense fundamentals, including intrusion detection and firewalls. This trusted text also covers more advanced topics such as security policies, network address translation (NAT), packet filtering and analysis, proxy servers, virtual private networks (VPN), and network traffic signatures. Thoroughly updated, the new third edition reflects the latest technology, trends, and techniques including virtualization, VMware, IPv6, and ICMPv6 structure, making it easier for current and aspiring professionals to stay on the cutting edge and one step ahead of potential security threats. A clear writing style and numerous screenshots and illustrations make even complex technical material easier to understand, while tips, activities, and projects throughout the text allow you to hone your skills by applying what you learn. Perfect for students and professionals alike in this high-demand, fast-growing field, GUIDE TO NETWORK DEFENSE AND COUNTERMEASURES, Third Edition, is a must-have resource for success as a network security professional.

Canon PowerShot G10 / G11 (Paperback): Jeff Carlson Canon PowerShot G10 / G11 (Paperback)
Jeff Carlson 1
R355 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R45 (13%) In stock

Now that you've bought the amazing Canon PowerShot G10 or G11, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera's features to show you exactly how to use your camera to take great pictures. With "Canon PowerShot G10/G11: From Snapshots to Great Shots, " you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos from the author and the Flickr community, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.
Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, Jeff Carlson, and you will:

  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the G10 or G11
  • Use the camera's Automatic modes to get better shots right away
  • Move on to the Creative modes, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images
  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
  • Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits
  • Find out how to get great shots in low light
  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

With "Canon PowerShot G10/G11: From Snapshots to Great Shots, " you'll learn not only what makes a great shot work-you'll learn how to get that shot using your G10 or G11.
And once you've got the shot, show it off Join the book's Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your camera to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/canon_g10g11_from_snapshots_ to_greatshots.
The Best Of The Digital Photography Book (Paperback): Scott Kelby The Best Of The Digital Photography Book (Paperback)
Scott Kelby
R508 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R192 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What could top the #1 best-selling photography book of all time? We're talking about the award-winning, worldwide smash hit, written by Scott Kelby, that's been translated into dozens of different languages, because it's the one book that really shows you how to take professional-quality shots using the same tricks today's top digital pros use. Well, what if you took that book, created four more just like it but with even more tips, plucked out only the best tips from all five of THOSE books, updated the images, referenced all-new gear, and added a completely new chapter on how to make the transition from shooting photos with your phone to making photographs with your new DSLR?

In The Best of The Digital Photography Book, you'll find all of Scott's favorite tips and techniques curated and updated from The Digital Photography Book, Parts 1-5, along with a brand new chapter on transitioning from your phone to a full-fledged DSLR. You'll find everything that made the first five titles a success: Scott answering questions, giving out advice, and sharing the secrets he's learned just like he would with a friend-without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak.

This book will help you shoot dramatically better-looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

Program Construction - Calculating Implementations from Specifications (Paperback): Roland Backhouse Program Construction - Calculating Implementations from Specifications (Paperback)
Roland Backhouse
R994 R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Save R218 (22%) In stock

The ever-increasing dependence of our lives and livelihoods on the correct functioning of computer software means that logic and program correctness are core elements of all good computer science degrees. This book presents both these topics in one self-contained text.

The focus of the book is on "correct-by-construction" program design -- the discipline of calculating programs from their specifications. Modern, calculational logic is introduced in combination with key program construction principles, such as the assignment axiom, loop invariants and bound functions. This material is intertwined with motivational discussion, programming examples and challenging problem-solving exercises, bringing the book alive for its intended audience, undergraduates in computer science and mathematics, as well as professional programmers wishing to further develop their programming skills.

The book covers the elements of logic and program correctness that form the foundations of further study --- the logical connectives and their algebraic properties, induction, quantifiers and program construction rules. Substantial examples of program construction are included. Many exercises are provided, all with detailed solutions.

Database Principles - Fundamentals of Design, Implementations and Management (with CourseMate and eBook Access Card)... Database Principles - Fundamentals of Design, Implementations and Management (with CourseMate and eBook Access Card) (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Peter Rob, Steven Morris, Carlos Coronel, Keeley Crockett
R1,528 Discovery Miles 15 280 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The second edition of Database Principles maintains its engaging writing style and brevity; its unique balance between theory and practice and its wealth of examples throughout the text; inspiring student-friendly learning at its best. The international edition provides a solid and practical foundation for the design, implementation and management of database systems. This foundation is built on the notion that, while databases are very practical things, their successful creation depends on understanding the important concepts that define them. The new edition has been updated with all the latest developments and technologies and incorporates a generous number of localised and motivating business vignettes that tie the concepts to real-life situations. This edition is suitable for a first course in databases at undergraduate level and will also provide essential material for conversion postgraduate courses. Providing comprehensive and practical coverage of core database concepts, it is an ideal text not only for those studying database management systems in the context of computer science, but also those on courses in the areas of information systems and business information technology. This textbook also comes packaged with a fully tailored CourseMate and an Instructor's website will also be available to adopters.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D (Paperback): Jeff Revell Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D (Paperback)
Jeff Revell
R355 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R45 (13%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

Now that you've bought the amazing Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera's features to show you exactly how to use the camera to take great pictures. With Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera. Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Jeff Revell, and you will: Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the Rebel Use the Rebel's automatic modes to get better shots right away Move on to the Creative zone, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits Find out how to get great shots in low light Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter And once you've got the shot, show it off! Join the book's Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your Rebel to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/canonrebelt4i650dfromsnapshotstogreatshots.

Discovering Computers, Essentials  (c)2018: Digital Technology, Data, and Devices (Paperback, New edition): Jennifer Campbell,... Discovering Computers, Essentials (c)2018: Digital Technology, Data, and Devices (Paperback, New edition)
Jennifer Campbell, Steven Freund, Mark Frydenberg, Misty Vermaat
R674 R575 Discovery Miles 5 750 Save R99 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Learn to maximize the use of mobile devices, make the most of online tools for collaboration and communication, and fully utilize the web and cloud with the latest edition of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS 2018. Clearly see how technology skills can assist you both in gaining employment and advancing your career. This edition highlights web development, how to create a strong web presence, and take full advantage of the latest Windows 10. To keep your instruction as current as possible, online coverage of contemporary technology developments builds on the book's timely discussions. The authors provide helpful suggestions within a proven learning structure and emphasize meaningful practice to reinforce your skills. Self-assessments open each module and enable you to focus your study and learn more in less time. DISCOVERING COMPUTERS presents the key content you need to succeed, using an approach that ensures understanding.

Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control (Hardcover): Stuart J. Russell Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control (Hardcover)
Stuart J. Russell 1
R657 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R272 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Creating superior intelligence would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, according to the world's pre-eminent AI expert, it could also be the last. In this groundbreaking book on the biggest question facing humanity, Stuart Russell explains why he has come to consider his own discipline an existential threat to his own species, and lays out how we can change course before it's too late. There is no one better placed to assess the promise and perils of the dominant technology of the future than Russell, who has spent decades at the forefront of AI research. Through brilliant analogies and crisp, lucid prose, he explains how AI actually works, how it has an enormous capacity to improve our lives - but why we must ensure that we never lose control of machines more powerful than we are. Here Russell shows how we can avert the worst threats by reshaping the foundations of AI to guarantee that machines pursue our objectives, not theirs. Profound, urgent and visionary, Human Compatible is the one book everyone needs to read to understand a future that is coming sooner than we think.

Artificial Intelligence - A Guide for Thinking Humans (Hardcover): Melanie Mitchell Artificial Intelligence - A Guide for Thinking Humans (Hardcover)
Melanie Mitchell 1
R501 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R215 (43%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

No recent scientific enterprise has been so alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. How intelligent are the best of today's AI programs? To what extent can we entrust them with decisions that affect our lives? How human-like do we expect them to become, and how soon do we need to worry about them surpassing us in most, if not all, human endeavours? From leading AI researcher and award-winning author Melanie Mitchell comes a knowledgeable and captivating account of modern-day artificial intelligence. Flavoured with personal stories and a twist of humor, Artificial Intelligence illuminates the workings of machines that mimic human learning, perception, language, creativity and common sense. Weaving together advances in AI with cognitive science and philosophy, Mitchell probes the extent to which today's 'smart' machines can actually think or understand, and whether AI requires such elusive human qualities in order to be reliable, trustworthy and beneficial. Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans provides readers with an accessible, entertaining, and clear-eyed view of the AI landscape, what the field has actually accomplished, how much further it has to go, and what it means for all of our futures.

Photography - History. Art. Technique (Hardcover): Tom Ang Photography - History. Art. Technique (Hardcover)
Tom Ang 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This fascinating all-in-one guide introduces you to the art, history, and culture of photography, and shows you how to get the very best from your own photographs. A comprehensive guide to all things photographic, Photography opens with a gallery of more than 30 of the key figures in photography, from 19th-century pioneers to famous photographers working today. The gallery provides fascinating contrasts between such diverse genres as art photography, reportage, portrait, and wildlife photography. The book then tells the story of photography, from its "garden shed" beginnings to the rise of the "selfie" today. The second half of the book introduces cameras, accessories, and software, explaining what they can do and how to use them, then shows how to take better photographs by mastering the technical aspects of your camera; experimenting with composition, colour and light; and digitally enhancing your photos. Inspirational masterclasses covering all genres of photography - landscape, portraits, wildlife, architecture, art - also provide you with an opportunity to apply your newfound skills in a clear and practical way.

Outside Insight - Navigating a World Drowning in Data (Hardcover): Jorn Lyseggen Outside Insight - Navigating a World Drowning in Data (Hardcover)
Jorn Lyseggen 1
R465 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R151 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Is your business looking out? The world today is drowning in data. There is a treasure trove of valuable and underutilized insights that can be gleaned from information companies and people leave behind on the internet - our 'digital breadcrumbs' - from job postings, to online news, social media, online ad spend, patent applications and more. As a result, we're at the cusp of a major shift in the way businesses are managed and governed - moving from a focus solely on lagging, internal data, toward analyses that also encompass industry-wide, external data to paint a more complete picture of a brand's opportunities and threats and uncover forward-looking insights, in real time. Tomorrow's most successful brands are already embracing Outside Insight, benefitting from an information advantage while their competition is left behind. Drawing on practical examples of transformative, data-led decisions made by brands like Apple, Facebook, Barack Obama and many more, in Outside Insight, Meltwater CEO Jorn Lyseggen illustrates the future of corporate decision-making and offers a detailed plan for business leaders to implement Outside Insight thinking into their company mindset and processes.

The Creativity Code - How Ai is Learning to Write, Paint and Think (Hardcover, Edition): Marcus du Sautoy The Creativity Code - How Ai is Learning to Write, Paint and Think (Hardcover, Edition)
Marcus du Sautoy 1
R469 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R145 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Will a computer ever compose a symphony, write a prize-winning novel, or paint a masterpiece? And if so, would we be able to tell the difference? As humans, we have an extraordinary ability to create works of art that elevate, expand and transform what it means to be alive. Yet in many other areas, new developments in AI are shaking up the status quo, as we find out how many of the tasks humans engage in can be done equally well, if not better, by machines. But can machines be creative? Will they soon be able to learn from the art that moves us, and understand what distinguishes it from the mundane? In The Creativity Code, Marcus du Sautoy examines the nature of creativity, as well as providing an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. Marcus finds out how long it might be before machines come up with something creative, and whether they might jolt us into being more imaginative in turn. The result is a fascinating and very different exploration into both AI and the essence of what it means to be human.

Novacene - The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence (Hardcover): James Lovelock Novacene - The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence (Hardcover)
James Lovelock 1
R413 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R182 (44%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis and the greatest environmental thinker of our time, has produced an astounding new theory about future of life on Earth. He argues that the anthropocene - the age in which humans acquired planetary-scale technologies - is, after 300 years, coming to an end. A new age - the novacene - has already begun. New beings will emerge from existing artificial intelligence systems. They will think 10,000 times faster than we do and they will regard us as we now regard plants - as desperately slow acting and thinking creatures. But this will not be the cruel, violent machine takeover of the planet imagined by sci-fi writers and film-makers. These hyper-intelligent beings will be as dependent on the health of the planet as we are. They will need the planetary cooling system of Gaia to defend them from the increasing heat of the sun as much as we do. And Gaia depends on organic life. We will be partners in this project. It is crucial, Lovelock argues, that the intelligence of Earth survives and prospers. He does not think there are intelligent aliens, so we are the only beings capable of understanding the cosmos. Maybe, he speculates, the novacene could even be the beginning of a process that will finally lead to intelligence suffusing the entire cosmos. At the age 100, James Lovelock has produced the most important and compelling work of his life.

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