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Books of the Month!

Prediction Machines

"What does AI mean for your business? Read this book to find out." -- Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google How should companies set strategies, governments design policies, and people plan their lives for a world so different from what we know? In the face of such uncertainty, many analysts either cower in fear or predict an impossibly sunny future. But in Prediction Machines, three eminent economists recast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. With this single, masterful stroke, they lift the curtain on the AI-is-magic hype and show how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action.

The Glass Closet

The Glass Closet addresses the issue of homophobia that still pervades corporations around the world and underscores the immense challenges faced by LGBT employees. In The Glass Closet, Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP, seeks to unsettle business leaders by exposing the culture of homophobia that remains rampant in corporations around the world, and which prevents employees from showing their authentic selves.

What to Do When Machines Do Everything

"Refreshingly thought-provoking..." - The Financial Times. The essential playbook for the future of your business. What To Do When Machines Do Everything is a guidebook to succeeding in the next generation of the digital economy. When systems running on Artificial Intelligence can drive our cars, diagnose medical patients, and manage our finances more effectively than humans it raises profound questions on the future of work and how companies compete.

Steel Closets

In Steel Closets, Anne Balay draws on oral history interviews with forty gay, lesbian, and transgender steelworkers, mostly living in northwestern Indiana, to give voice to this previously silent and invisible population. She presents powerful stories of the intersections of work, class, gender, and sexual identity in the dangerous industrial setting of the steel mill.

Humans Are Underrated

The unavoidable question--will millions of people lose out, unable to best the machine?--is increasingly dominating business, education, economics, and policy. The bestselling author of Talent Is Overrated explains how the skills and economy values are changing in historic ways and offers a guide to what's next for all workers. Mastering technical skills that have historically been in demand no longer differentiates us as it used to.

Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance

This book addresses how sexual practices and identities are imagined and regulated through development discourses and within institutions of global governance. The underlying premise of this volume is that the global development industry plays a central role in constructing people's sexual lives, access to citizenship, and struggles for livelihood. Despite the industry's persistent insistence on viewing sexuality as basically outside the realm of economic modernization and anti-poverty programs, this volume brings to the fore heterosexual bias within macroeconomic and human rights development frameworks.

Humans Need Not Apply

After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Jerry Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. Driverless cars, robotic helpers, and intelligent agents that promote our interests have the potential to usher in a new age of affluence and leisure -- but as Kaplan warns, the transition may be protracted and brutal unless we address the two great scourges of the modern developed world: volatile labor markets and income inequality.

Measure What Matters

Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth--and how it can help any organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he'd just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan.

The Tyranny of Metrics

How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions.

Library Happenings

Bloomberg Intelligence Presents: Global Oil Markets

Energy Markets Specialist Zef Lokhandwalla will provide an in-depth presentation on the state of Global Oil Markets, discussing many of the circumstances impacting the oil markets. Our speaker will discuss:

Impact of Iranian sanctions on the oil markets US Shale supply vs OPEC oil supply Effect of increasing gasoline prices on consumption Future oil/gas capital spending and production forecasts Measuring global oil production capacity and demand

Date:
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018
Time:
9:30am - 10:30am

LexisNexis: Unpublished ITA Revealed

Please join our LexisNexis representative, Brenna Clanton, for a training on how to search for Commerce documents in LexisNexis. More details to come! Please Note: WebEx is available for this event. When registering, you will have the option to attend the event in person or via WebEx. If you are located in HCHB, please consider attending in person.

Date:
Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018
Time:
10:00am - 11:00am

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