Information & Technology

These five books delve into the history of technology and information, and how we’ve used both throughout history – and will continue to use in the future.

Artificial intelligence: An Illustrated history: From Medieval Robots to Neural Networks by Clifford A. Pickover
From medieval robots and Boolean algebra to facial recognition, artificial neural networks, and adversarial patches, this fascinating history takes readers on a vast tour through the world of artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans by Melanie Mitchell
The award-winning author Melanie Mitchell, a leading computer scientist, now reveals AI’s turbulent history and the recent spate of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears surrounding it.

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation by Carl Benedikt Frey
The Industrial Revolution was a defining moment in history, but few grasped its enormous consequences at the time. The Technology Trap demonstrates that in the midst of another technological revolution, the lessons of the past can help us to more effectively face the present.

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch
A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language. It’s the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that’s a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

Information Hunters: When librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe by Kathy Peiss
Galvanized by the events of war into acquiring and preserving the written word, as well as providing critical information for intelligence purposes, these American civilians set off on missions to gather foreign publications and information across Europe.