The Ascent of Information

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.

The Ascent of Information

The Ascent of Information

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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The Ascent of Information
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Caleb Scharf
Categories: Computers
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-15 - Publisher: Penguin

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
The Ascent of Babel
Language: en
Pages: 257
Authors: Gerry T. M. Altmann, Andrea Enzinger
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999 - Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

An exploration of the ways in which the mind produces and understands language, for the general reader who wishes to discover the secret of language.
Arrow and the Ascent of Modern Economic Theory
Language: en
Pages: 698
Authors: George R. Feiwel
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-10 - Publisher: Springer

This and the companion volume are about the ascent, vicissitudes and lacunae in the science and art modern economics and about Kenneth Arrow, his architectonic contributions to and impact on the theoretical and applied economics and moral and political philosophy of our age. They provide a comprehensive composite analysis of
The Ascent of Affect
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Ruth Leys
Categories: Medical
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-11-10 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Introduction: setting the stage -- Silvan S. Tomkins' affect theory -- Paul Ekman's neurocultural theory of the emotions -- Richard S. Lazarus' appraisal theory i: emotions as intentional states -- Richard S. Lazarus's appraisal theory ii: the battle is joined -- A world without pretense? Alan J. Fridlund's behavioral ecology
The Ascent of the Detective
Language: en
Pages: 444
Authors: Haia Shpayer-Makov
Categories: Literary Collections
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-09-29 - Publisher: OUP Oxford

The figure of the detective has long excited the imagination of the wider public, and the English police detective has been a special focus of attention in both print and visual media. Yet, while much has been written in the last three decades about the history of uniformed policemen in

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