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  • Future of Foreign Intelligence, The
    Future of Foreign Intelligence, The Jonathan Landaw
    Narrator:
    Dina Pearlman
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    Since the Revolutionary War, America's military and political leaders have recognized that US national security depends upon the collection of intelligence. Absent information about foreign threats, the thinking went, the country and its citizens stood in great peril. To address this, the courts and Congress have historically given the president broad leeway to obtain foreign intelligence. But in order to find information about an individual in the United States, the executive branch had to demonstrate that the person was an agent of a foreign power. Today, that barrier no longer exists. The intelligence community now collects massive amounts of data, and then looks for potential threats to the United States. As renowned national security law scholar Laura K. Donohue explains in The Future of Foreign Intelligence, global communications systems and digital technologies have changed our lives in countless ways. But they have also contributed to a worrying transformation. Together with statutory alterations instituted in the wake of 9/11, and secret legal interpretations that have only recently become public, new and emerging technologies have radically expanded the amount and type of information that the government collects about US citizens. Traditionally, for national security, the Courts have allowed weaker Fourth Amendment standards for search and seizure than those that mark criminal law. Information that is being collected for foreign intelligence purposes, though, is now being used for criminal prosecution. The expansion in the government's acquisition of private information, and the convergence between national security and criminal law, threaten individual liberty. Donohue traces the evolution of US foreign intelligence law and pairs it with the progress of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. She argues that the bulk collection programs instituted by the National Security Agency amount to a general warrant, the prevention of which was the reason the Founders introduced the Fourth Amendment. The expansion of foreign intelligence surveillance leant momentum by advances in technology, the global war on terror, and the emphasis on securing the homeland now threatens to consume protections essential to privacy, which is a necessary component of a healthy democracy. Donohue offers a road map for reining in the national security state's expansive reach, arguing for a judicial re-evaluation of third party doctrine and statutory reform that will force the executive branch to take privacy seriously, even as Congress provides for the collection of intelligence central to US national security. Alarming and penetrating, this is essential listening for anyone interested in the future of foreign intelligence and privacy in the United States.
  • Future of Heroism, The
    Future of Heroism, The Sam Keen
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    Sam Keen
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    Bestselling author Sam Keen explores past visions of heroes, finding your own heroic image, and what forms of heroism the future may call for.
  • Future of Islam, The
    Future of Islam, The John Esposito
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    Peter Ganim
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    John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today—and tomorrow—he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to sweep away the negative stereotypes and provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest-growing religion in the world. Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century and how that will deeply affect global politics. Are Islam and the West locked in a deadly clash of civilizations? Is Islam compatible with democracy and human rights? Will religious fundamentalism block the development of modern societies in the Islamic world? Will Islam overwhelm the Western societies in which so many Muslim immigrants now reside? Will Europe become Eurabia or will the Muslims assimilate? Which Muslim thinkers will be most influential in the years to come? To answer this last question he introduces the listener to a new generation of Muslim thinkers—Tariq Ramadan, Timothy Winter, Mustafa Ceric, Amina Wadud, and others—a diverse collection of Muslim men and women, both the 'Martin Luthers' and the 'Billy Grahams' of Islam. We meet religious leaders who condemn suicide bombing and who see the killing of unarmed men, women, and children as 'worse than murder,' who preach toleration and pluralism, who advocate for women's rights. The book often underscores the unexpected similarities between the Islamic world and the West and at times turns the mirror on the US, revealing how we appear to Muslims, all to highlight the crucial point that there is nothing exceptional about the Muslim faith. Recent decades have brought extraordinary changes in the Muslim world, and in addressing all of these issues, Esposito paints a complex picture of Islam in all its diversity—a picture of urgent importance as we face the challenges of the coming century.
  • Future of News, The
    Future of News, The Maxwell E. McCombs (editor)
    Kelly Kaufhold (editor)
    Amber Hinsley (editor)
    Seth Lewis (editor)
    Narrator:
    Michael Butler Murray
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    What is the future of news? That question takes on greater urgency with each passing year, and has triggered no shortage of controversy among journalists, scholars, and the public—some warning of serious journalism's imminent demise as traditional business models collapse, others anticipating its rebirth as networked citizens participate in the news process. What remains clear is that in our media shift from analog to digital, from one-way to increasingly many-to-many forms of communication, we need to rethink much of what we know about journalism—who produces it, under what conditions, and with what kind of impact in society. The Future of News: An Agenda of Perspectives attempts to bring some order to the cacophony of opinions about journalism's future. Through contributions from seasoned journalists and expert academics, this book tries to synthesize the key trends, patterns, and practices that are reshaping news in the digital age. The Future of News outlines the promise and perils of today's media environment, which features increased opportunities for citizen engagement through social networks and cheap digital tools as well as spiraling declines in news consumption and challenging conditions for professional journalists. This book doesn't predict the future, but rather sets forth an agenda of observations and questions to guide our thinking in this new age of journalism. Maxwell McCombs is the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, and is internationally recognized for his research on the agenda-setting role of mass communication. Amber Willard Hinsley, Kelly Kaufhold, and Seth C. Lewis are former journalists with years of experience at news organizations including the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Today they study the changing nature of news production and consumption as PhD students in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas.
  • Future of the Professions, The
    Future of the Professions, The Richard Susskind
    Daniel Susskind
    Narrator:
    John Lee
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    This book predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.The Future of the Professions explains how 'increasingly capable systems'—from telepresence to artificial intelligence—will bring fundamental change in the way that the 'practical expertise' of specialists is made available in society.The authors challenge the 'grand bargain'—the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today's professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of their best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society.The book raises important practical and moral questions. In an era when machines can out-perform human beings at most tasks, what are the prospects for employment, who should own and control online expertise, and what tasks should be reserved exclusively for people?Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than ten professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the relevance of the professions in the 21st century.
  • Future Perfect
    Future Perfect Suzanne Brockmann
    Narrator:
    Patrick Lawlor
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    Dressed in Victorian attire, Juliana Anderson gives guests at her cozy New England bed and breakfast a taste of old-fashioned hospitality. Whether she’s cooking up delights in her kitchen or maintaining the rooms in her beautifully decorated inn, Juliana stays busy and content. Until Webster Donovan arrives — tall, rugged, and sexy beyond belief. The lean, dark-haired author has a bad case of writer’s block and he’s planned a six-week stay to cure it. But this beautiful woman is proving even more distracting to the cause. For prim, polite Juliana has a wild side: She rides a Harley and hides a troubled past. The moment Webster watches her take off her motorcycle helmet and shake loose those long, flame-colored curls, he finds his muse — and loses his heart. But can romance with a woman afraid to trust in love last longer than a moment in time?
  • Future Sex
    Future Sex Emily Witt
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    Emily Witt
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    A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman. Emily Witt is single and in her 30s. Up until a few years ago, she still envisioned her sexual experience 'eventually reaching a terminus, like a monorail gliding to a stop at Epcot Center'. Like many people, she imagined herself disembarking, finding herself face-to-face with another human being, 'and there we would remain in our permanent station in life: the future'. But, as we all know, things are more complicated than that. Love is rare and frequently unreciprocated. Sexual acquisitiveness is risky and can be hurtful. And generalizing about what women want or don't want or should want or should do seems to lead nowhere. Don't our temperaments, our hang-ups, and our histories define our lives as much as our gender? In Future Sex, Witt explores Internet dating, Internet pornography, polyamory, and other avant-garde sexual subcultures as sites of possibility. She observes her encounters with these scenes with a wry sense of humor, capturing them in all their strangeness, ridiculousness, and beauty. The result is an open-minded, honest account of the contemporary pursuit of connection and pleasure and an inspiring new model of female sexuality - open, forgiving, and unafraid.
  • Future Shock
    Future Shock Elizabeth Briggs
    Narrator:
    Erin Spencer
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    Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life - or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant, Aether Corporation, selects her for a top-secret project, she can't say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she'll be set for life. Elena joins a team of four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy with his own reason for being there. But when the time travelers arrive 30 years in the future, something goes wrong, and they break the only rule they were given: Do not look into their own fates. Now they have 24 hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future from unfolding. With time running out and deadly secrets uncovered, Elena must use her eidetic memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends and herself.
  • Future Threat
    Future Threat Elizabeth Briggs
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    Erin Spencer
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    The second book in the New York Times best-selling Future Shock trilogy! Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future, from where they brought back secret information - but not everyone made it back to the present alive. Now Elena's dealing with her survivor's guilt and trying to make her relationship with Adam work. All she knows for sure is that she's done with time travel and Aether Corporation. But Aether's not done with her - or Adam, or fellow survivor Chris. The travelers on Aether's latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. They arrive in a future that's amazingly advanced, thanks to Aether Corporation's reverse-engineered technology. The mission has deadly consequences, though, and they return to the future to try to alter the course of events. But the future is different yet again. Now every trip through time reveals new complications and more lives lost - or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything - including their relationship - to save their friends.
  • Future Workplace Experience, The
    Future Workplace Experience, The Jeanne Meister
    Kevin Mulcahy
    Narrator:
    Nancy Linari
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    Bestselling author’s blueprint for attracting and engaging top talent to beat the competition in today’s ever-evolving business environment Bestselling author of The 2020 Workplace Jeanne Meister returns with a powerful guide to mastering a new set of workplace disruptions, detailing the skills you need to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive and rapidly changing business environment. Along with co-author Kevin Mulcahy, Meister presents step-by-step advice to recruiters on how to prepare for a more transparent world of work, develop a new set of leadership skills, and anticipate future trends and changes across industries. 'The Future Workplace Experience' redefines most of the conventional wisdom about work, employees, human resources practices, the very nature of a job itself, and so much more. Meister & Mulcahy describe how the workplace is changing and profile the new practices organizations are implementing. The authors organize these practices into three areas; what workers expect from work, how technology impacts the workplace, and the changing composition of the workforce. Most importantly, they synthesize these practices into ten rules your organization can use to re-think and re-imagine the future workplace.
  • Futureland
    Futureland Walter Mosley
    Narrator:
    Richard Allen
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    Life in America a generation from now isn't much different from today: The drugs are better, the daily grind is worse. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened to a chasm. You can store the world's legal knowledge on a chip in your little finger, while the Supreme Court has decreed that constitutional rights don't apply to any individual who challenges the system. Justice is swiftly delivered by automated courts, so the prison industry is booming. And while the media declare racism is dead, word on the street is that even in a colorless society, it's a crime to be black. But the world still turns and folks still have to get by with the hands they're dealt, folks such as: Ptolemy 'Popo' Bent: This gentle backwoods child has a genius I.Q.- and a soul so pure that officials want him locked up forever... Folio Johnson: A hardboiled, cyber-augmented private eye who can see beneath the dark poetry of the metropolis, he will need an even greater edge than that to find out who's systematically murdering rich, young Nazis... Fera Jones: She's the boxing Queen of the Ring who must still fight all comers to save her dad, preserve her identity, and protect the fans who believe in her... Dr. Ivan Kismet: The world's richest man, Macrocode's CEO is a tycoon, tyrant, and messiah who is evidently more powerful than God. So it's too bad for everyone that Dr. Kismet is utterly insane... Walter Mosley brings to life the celebs, working stiffs, leaders, victims, technocrats, crooks, oppressors, and revolutionaries who inhabit a glorious all-American nightmare that's just around the corner. Welcome to FUTURELAND.
  • Futurevision
    Futurevision Richard Watson
    Oliver Freeman
    Narrator:
    Glen McCready
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    The future is not what it used to be. In this volatile era, with the world changing rapidly, people are more curious than ever to know what lies ahead. Will relentless consumerism end up destroying our planet? Or can science and technology allow us to innovate our way out of trouble? Perhaps a greater social consciousness and community-based living will take over or, conversely, the competition for limited resources may result in everyone fighting for themselves. Drawing on these four possible futures, Richard Watson and Oliver Freeman invite us to examine critically the risks and opportunities to come. They discuss the key factors, trends, critical uncertainties, and wildcards that will shape the future, guiding us to a greater awareness of long-term problems and possible solutions and empowering us not only to adapt to what might happen, but also to shape our future and to generate change. It s impossible to know for certain what the future holds, but we can remove some of its surprises by engaging in a meaningful debate about the choices we face now. This book shows us how.
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
    Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits David Wong
    Narrator:
    Christy Romano
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    In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near-future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle, and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father had died in a mysterious yet spectacular way. There she finds that her scumbag dad had actually, in the final years of his life, put his amazing talent for hustling to good use: He was one of the founding members of the Fancy Suits, and died in the course of his duties. Zoey is quickly entangled in the city's surreal mob war when she is taken hostage by a particularly crazy villain who imagines himself to be a Dr. Doom-level mastermind. The villain is demanding information about Zoe's father when she is rescued by The Fancy Suits. She reluctantly joins their cause and help finish what her old man started, tapping into her innate talent for bullshit that she inherited from her hated father. And along the way, she might just have to learn how to trust people again.
  • Futurological Congress, The
    Futurological Congress, The Stanislaw Lem
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    David Marantz
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    Bringing his twin gifts of scientific speculation and scathing satire to bear on that hapless planet, Earth, Lem sends his unlucky cosmonaut, Ijon Tichy, to the Eighth Futurological Congress. Caught up in local revolution, Tichy is shot and so critically wounded that he is flashfrozen to await a future cure.
  • Fuzzy and the Techie, The
    Fuzzy and the Techie, The Scott Hartley
    Narrator:
    Scott Merriman
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    A finalist for the 2016 Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize A leading venture capitalist offers surprising revelations on who is going to be driving innovation in the years to come Scott Hartley first heard the terms fuzzy and techie while studying political science at Stanford University. If you majored in the humanities or social sciences, you were a fuzzy. If you majored in the computer sciences, you were a techie. This informal division has quietly found its way into a default assumption that has misled the business world for decades: that it's the techies who drive innovation. But in this brilliantly contrarian book, Hartley reveals the counterintuitive reality of business today: it's actually the fuzzies - not the techies - who are playing the key roles in developing the most creative and successful new business ideas. They are often the ones who understand the life issues that need solving and offer the best approaches for doing so. It is they who are bringing context to code, and ethics to algorithms.They also bring the management and communication skills, the soft skills that are so vital to spurring growth. Hartley looks inside some of today's most dynamic new companies, reveals breakthrough fuzzy-techie collaborations, and explores how such collaborations are at the center of innovation in business, education, and government, and why liberal arts are still relevant in our techie world.
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