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There is probably not a London suburb with more intense historical connections, more diversity and more astonishing buildings and artefacts than Greenwich. There are sections on MARITIME GREENWICH - home of the Maritime museum and the CUTTY SARK; ROYAL GREENWICH - Greenwich Park was Henry VIII's favourite residence and where he met Anne Boelyn; SCIENTIFIC GREENWICH - home of the Royal Observatory and GMT and of course The Dome itself...
What's it going to be like compared to similar vast jamborees - the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Festival Britain of 1951, what is that strange fabric stretched over those yellow spikes and WHO is going to settle in the 1400-home Millennium Village, to be opened in 2000, with the remains of the old gasworks lying a couple of feet below?
Jane Austen is a mystery. The first incontrovertibly great woman
novelist, she is, among other things, one of the finest prose
stylists in literature; the first truly modern writer, the
Godmother of chick lit. She is also the greatest enigma (next to
Shakespeare) in English literature. Soldiers in the First World War
sat in the trenches and read them for the civilising comforts they
provided. Hard-nut literary critics such as F. R. Leavis lauded
their austere complexity. World Book Day, 2007, found that Pride
and Prejudice was the one book 'The nation can't live without'. In
this witty, accessible guide, Charles Jennings goes in search of
this enigma through her words as well as her times, including a
short biography, an overview of the novels, as well as the world
that she inhabited. Finally, the book contains Jane's very own
words of advice for the modern life.
Self-learning machines called AIs are popping up all around us.
They're real, and really important. They're affecting our lives-as
workers, consumers, investors, citizens, patients and students. AIs
bring huge promise, but also existential risk. The biggest risk
isn't killer robots-it's the renegade leaders, despots, and
unrestrained hackers everywhere we should worry about. Charles
Jennings' insightful new book, Artificial Intelligence: The Rise of
the Lightspeed Learners presents sides of AI most people have never
even considered before. That surprises are a main product of AIs.
That AI cybersecurity is much more critical than traditional IT
security. That, as Vladimir Putin put it, "the country that leads
in AI will control the world." Jennings blends insights into
Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., and Beijing with insider AI
stories, irreverent humor and strong opinions. He explores the
global AI ecosystem from Cambridge to Beijing; and provides a stark
assessment of AI activity in China-where he lived for two years
working with senior government officials. He claims that the U.S.
and China are in an AI horserace that will be the most important
technology contest ever, with the outcome still very much in doubt.
Consisting of stories, musings, interviews, and more, it provides a
timely and accessible explanation of AI and its key issues to the
general reading public.
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