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              Can We Be Happier?: Evidence and Ethics

              Can We Be Happier?: Evidence and Ethics (Hardback)

              By Layard, Richard

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              We all want to be happier. But is it possible? This book offers a resounding 'yes', by using reasoned ethics and offering a mass of empirical evidence. There is now abundant experiment evidence on how we can build a happier way of life. It speaks to individuals who want to live b...etter and it speaks to the many policy-makers who think there is more to life than GDP. Using this evidence, the book shows chapter by chapter what can be done by teachers, managers, healthcare workers, community leaders and scientists - as well of course, as economists and politicians. But above all it addresses us as individuals, showing how we can live better lives, especially with the help of movements which bring people together in community groups to support happier living. Does this agenda have any hope of taking off? This book says it already has.
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              ISBN 9780241429990
              Released NZ 4 Feb 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI

              The Road to Conscious Machines: The Story of AI (Hardback)

              By Wooldridge, Michael

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              The long-held dream of artificial intelligence researchers is to build machines that are conscious and self-aware - the dream of creating life itself. While this remains a remote prospect, the AI floodgates have opened, and they are changing our world fundamentally. Yet the publi...c debate and media hype is still largely centred on elusive prospects such as sentient machines and dystopian robot takeovers. In this lively and clear-headed guide, Michael Wooldridge changes the narrative on AI, revealing how these anxieties distract us from the more realistic risks that this transformative technology poses, from algorithmic bias to fake news. He also shows us how they overlook the true life-changing potential of the field he loves. Instead, The Road to Conscious Machines gives us the real story of AI, through all its booms and busts, elucidating the discoveries of its greatest pioneers from Alan Turing to Demis Hassabis. It shows us what today's AI researchers actually think and do, and how they are ushering in a new era of real-time spoken word language translation, augmented reality tools, healthcare innovations and much more.
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              ISBN 9780241396742
              Released NZ 17 Mar 2020
              Publisher Penguin
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              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Spiegelhalter, David

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              Every day in the news, we are confronted with a mind-bending range of statistics about the economy, health, unemployment and more, and this information overload has only increased in the wake of the big data revolution. But data does not speak for itself. A basic grasp of statist...ical literacy is more important than ever in order to think critically about the world. In Statistics: The Art of Learning from Data, David Spiegelhalter responds to the growing interest in data science by guiding the reader through the basic statistical principles we need in order not be misled by the numbers. He introduces the fundamental topics in modern statistics - such as data visualization, bias, variability, data-analytics, probability models, discovery, Bayesian inference, and reproducibility - without unnecessary technical detail or equations. Drawing on a range of intriguing contemporary examples and studies, Spiegelhalter uses real world issues to highlight the best (and worst) ways to approach statistical problems. Smart, accessible and packed with the essentials for students and statisticsbewildered readers alike, this book will give you the basic principles for how to derive knowledge from data.
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              ISBN 9780241258767
              Released NZ 18 Feb 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

              National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Paperback)

              By Eatwell, Roger; Goodwin, Matthew

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              A crucial new guide to one of the most important and most dangerous phenomena of our time: the rise of populism in the West Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigr...ants and neo-liberal economics. Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which pose the most serious threat to the Western liberal democratic system, and its values, since the Second World War. From the United States to France, Austria to the UK, the national populist challenge to mainstream politics is all around us. But what is behind this exclusionary turn? Who supports these movements and why? What does their rise tell us about the health of liberal democratic politics in the West? And what, if anything, should we do to respond to these challenges? Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of the populist right, National Populism is a lucid and deeply-researched guide to the radical transformations of today's political landscape, revealing why liberal democracies across the West are being challenged-and what those who support them can do to help stem the tide.
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              ISBN 9780241312001
              Released NZ 19 Oct 2018
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (Hardback)

              By Mitchell, Melanie

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              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.
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              ISBN 9780241404829
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data

              The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data (Hardback)

              By Spiegelhalter, David

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              Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. In the age of big data, as data science becomes established as a discipline,... a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever. In How to Tell the Truth with Statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides the reader through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. Drawing on real world problems to introduce conceptual issues, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether serial killer Harold Shipman could have been caught earlier, and if screening for ovarian cancer is beneficial. How many trees are there on the planet? Do busier hospitals have higher survival rates? Why do old men have big ears? Spiegelhalter reveals the answers to these and many other questions - questions that can only be addressed using statistical science.
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              ISBN 9780241398630
              Released NZ 2 Apr 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction

              Economics: The User's Guide: A Pelican Introduction (Paperback)

              By Chang, Ha-Joon

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              What is economics? What can - and can't - it explain about the world? Why does it matter? This book teaches economics at Cambridge University, and writes a column for the Guardian.

              ISBN 9780718197032
              Released NZ 25 Jun 2014
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
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              Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

              Think Again: How to Reason and Argue (Paperback)

              By Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter

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              A deeply enlightening book on how to be persuasive from an inspiring philosopher who teaches one of the most popular online open coursesOur personal and political worlds are rife with arguments and disagreements, some of them petty and vitriolic. The inability to compromise and u...nderstand the other side is widespread today. What can we do to change this? In Think Again philosopher Walter Sinnott-Armstrong draws on a long tradition of logic to show why we should stop focusing on winning arguments and instead argue in a more constructive way.Based on a hugely popular online course with more than a million followers around the world, Think Again explains how to analyse, evaluate and make better arguments while also spotting bad reasoning and avoiding certain fallacies. Through lively, practical examples from everyday life, politics and popular culture, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong offers brilliantly straightforward, wise advice that we can all use at work, at home and online.
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              ISBN 9780141983110
              Released NZ 16 Jul 2018
              Publisher Penguin
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              Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth

              Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth (Paperback)

              By Standing, Guy

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              We are losing the commons. Austerity and neoliberal policies have depleted our shared wealth; our national utilities have been sold off to foreign conglomerates, social housing is almost non-existent, our parks are cordoned off for private events and our national art galleries ar...e sponsored by banks and oil companies. This plunder deprives us all of our common rights, recognised as far back as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest of 1217, to share fairly and equitably in our public wealth. Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved in ancient law from marauding barons, to his modern reappraisal of the resources we all hold in common - a brilliant new synthesis that crystallises quite how much public wealth has been redirected to the 1% in recent decades through the state-approved exploitation of everything from our land to our state housing, health and benefit systems, to our justice system, schools, newspapers and even the air we breathe. Plunder of the Commons proposes a Charter for a new form of commoning, of remembering, guarding and sharing that which belongs to us all, to slash inequality and soothe our current political instability. Guy Standing has held professorships at the University of Bath and at SOAS, was programme director at the International Labour Organisation and has advised the UN, World Bank and governments around the world on labour and social policy. He is the author of the bestselling The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen was published by Pelican Books in 2017.
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              ISBN 9780141990620
              Released NZ 17 Sep 2019
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              A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop

              A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop (Hardback)

              By O'Rourke, Kevin

              First published in France as Une breve histoire du Brexit published by Odile Jacob in 2018.

              ISBN 9780241398272
              Released NZ 6 Feb 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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