Blockchain is a revolutionary computer programming technology that was first proposed in 2008 with Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper on bitcoin. However, its roots go far deeper, as Nakamoto’s white paper actually built on advances and ideas in cryptography and cybersecurity that date all the way back to the early 1990s. Today, blockchain is turning into an Internet phenomenon that is changing how we think of cybersecurity and how data can be safely managed and maintained. This book will give you a detailed, under-the-hood look at how blockchain works. The first chapter will go into detail about the model that most of the Internet is based on, the client-server model, and why it is showing signs of age. The Internet is unable to keep up with the popularity that it has spawned, and it is facing increasing challenges at keeping up with its own demand. Additionally, the centralization of the client-server model makes the information prone to tampering, manipulation, and hacks. The second chapter will look at how blockchain technology provides the answers to many of the problems created by the aging client-server model. The third chapter takes a technical look at how blockchain works, but in a way that is easy for newbies to understand. It looks carefully at what different terms mean and explains them in an easy-to-understand format. It then details how a blockchain transaction works, from beginning to end. By the time you finish listening to this chapter, you will feel confident that any information that you send over a blockchain is safe and will reach its destination in one piece. Blockchain isn’t without its problems, though. The fourth chapter will explore some of the problems that blockchain is facing as it matures and enters the world of mainstream business and finance. These problems include legal issues, environmental issues, scalability issues, and consensus issues. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Wood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114338/bk_acx0_114338_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blockchain is a revolutionary computer programming technology that was first proposed in 2008 with Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper on bitcoin. However, its roots go far deeper, as Nakamoto’s white paper actually built on advances and ideas in cryptography and cybersecurity that date all the way back to the early 1990s. Today, blockchain is turning into an Internet phenomenon that is changing how we think of cybersecurity and how data can be safely managed and maintained. Whether you are interested in what the blockchain is, how it works, or how to make money with the blockchain, all the answers you are looking for can be found in this guide. The topics covered in book 1 include: What blockchain technology is Brief history of blockchain The concept behind the distributed ledger Smart contracts 51 percent attack Uses of the blockchain technology Other types of blockchain Impact of blockchain technology Big data, privacy, and personal data Limitations and challenges Advantages and disadvantages of using blockchain Cryptocurrencies Ways to earn a profit The future of blockchain The topics covered in book 2 include: The client-server model How the blockchain provides answers to problems created by an aging client-server model The functioning of the blockchain, meaning of the different terms Legal, environmental, scalability and consensus issues + solutions How to generate money as a minor, step-by-step Other ways you can make money The topics covered in book 3 include: Information on the different types of blockchains, their uses, and some of the controversy surrounding them Learning how to build your own blockchain The innovative ways that major companies like M 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Wood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117540/bk_acx0_117540_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A book that challenges common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence. Satoshi Kanazawa's Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters (written with Alan S. Miller) was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a rollicking bit of pop Science & Technology that turns the lens of evolutionary psychology on issues of the day." That book answered such burning questions as why women tend to lust after males who already have mates and why newborns look more like Dad than Mom. Now Kanazawa tackles the nature of intelligence: what it is, what it does, what it is good for (if anything). Highly entertaining, smart (dare we say intelligent?), and daringly contrarian, The Intelligence Paradox will provide a deeper understanding of what intelligence is, and what it means for us in our lives. Asks why more intelligent individuals are not better (and are, in fact, often worse) than less intelligent individuals in solving some of the most important problems in life - such as finding a mate, raising children, and making friends Discusses why liberals are more intelligent than conservatives, why atheists are more intelligent than the religious, why more intelligent men value monogamy, why night owls are more intelligent than morning larks, and why homosexuals are more intelligent than heterosexuals Explores how the purpose for which general intelligence evolved - solving evolutionarily novel problems - allows us to explain why intelligent people have the particular values and preferences they have Challenging common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence, this book offers surprising insights into the cutting-edge of Science & Technology at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and intelligence research.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Neal Rohrer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004876/bk_adbl_004876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blockchain: the Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Understanding Blockchain Technology aims to give you the basic information you need to figure out what you want to know about bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology. Just a few of the things you can expect to learn about include: The history of blockchain and the identity of bitcoin's mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto How cryptography works in blockchain applications to create a reliable record of transactions while maintaining security How cryptocurrency miners can make a fortune with nothing more than a computer How you can get started mining cryptocurrency yourself The cryptocurrency gold rush in 2017 - what are the other crypto-tokens you should know about, and should you invest in an ICO The dark side of blockchain: the criminal past of bitcoin, massive cryptocurrency heists, and the environmental harm of cryptocurrency mining Smart contracts and future applications of blockchain technology Cryptokitties - the craze for breeding digital cats that has consumed the Ethereum network This audiobook's goal is to help you reach a clear and complete understanding of the many issues surrounding blockchain and its applications. To serve that goal, information is presented clearly, with simple explanations and plenty of examples. Whether you are planning to invest in your own cryptocurrency mine or buy a few tokens of Bitcoin, Ether, or XRB, this audiobook will help you decide how to move forward. Or, maybe you just want to get started breeding and trading Cryptokitties. This audiobook might still be for you. In any case, if you feel like you do not understand cryptocurrencies, ‘Blockchain: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Understanding Blockchain Technology' is an excellent place to start. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Wright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112551/bk_acx0_112551_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Traditional currencies operate on a centralized model that is heavily regulated by the national government that issues it. Bitcoin, however, is a decentralized virtual currency that was created in 2008-2009 by a mysterious figure known only as Satoshi Nakamoto. In recent years, its growing popularity has caused its value to skyrocket. Bitcoin is not regulated by any centralized institution, but rather by the vast peer-to-peer network that enables it to exist and function. This keeps it from being manipulated and/or used to support the interests of a few wealthy, elite individuals in power. In this way, it functions as a "people's currency". There is a lot of hype surrounding Bitcoin. It has been featured in news and periodical articles, as well as television shows. It seems to be a buzzword that is quickly becoming embedded in popular culture. Many people have heard of it and know that it is a "virtual currency," but what does that mean?Bitcoin is used in countries all around the world. Some countries, such as Japan and Switzerland, are openly embracing it and supporting it with government policies that accept it. Other countries, such as the United States, are trying to find ways to regulate it, while others, such as China, have entirely banned any transactions that use Bitcoin, under penalty of imprisonment. Because it is such a far-reaching global phenomenon - and continuing to grow by the day - anyone would do well to understand exactly what it is. Bitcoin is safer than many other financial systems because it is not subject to regulation or manipulation, and because its underlying system, blockchain, is inherently resistant to hacks and security security breaches that plague other financial institutions. However, there have been infamous hacks of Bitcoin wallets, in which people lost large quantities of money. Among other things, this audiobook will help you know with confidence how you can remain safe and secure on the Bit 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dean Eby. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/093528/bk_acx0_093528_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Microgrids are the most innovative area in the electric powerindustry today. Future microgrids could exist as energy-balancedcells within existing power distribution grids or stand-alone powernetworks within small communities. A definitive presentation on all aspects of microgrids, thistext examines the operation of microgrids - their controlconcepts and advanced architectures including multi-microgrids. Ittakes a logical approach to overview the purpose and the technicalaspects of microgrids, discussing the social, economic andenvironmental benefits to power system operation. The book alsopresents microgrid design and control issues, including protectionand explaining how to implement centralized and decentralizedcontrol strategies. Key features: * original, state-of-the-art research material written byinternationally respected contributors * unique case studies demonstrating success stories fromreal-world pilot sites from Europe, the Americas, Japan andChina * examines market and regulatory settings for microgrids, andprovides evaluation results under standard test conditions * a look to the future - technical solutions to maximizethe value of distributed energy along with the principles andcriteria for developing commercial and regulatory frameworks formicrogrids Offering broad yet balanced coverage, this volume is an entrypoint to this very topical area of power delivery for electricpower engineers familiar with medium and low voltage distributionsystems, utility operators in microgrids, power systems researchersand academics. It is also a useful reference for system plannersand operators, manufacturers and network operators, governmentregulators, and postgraduate power systems students. CONTRIBUTORS Thomas Degner Aris Dimeas Alfred Engler Nuno Gil Asier Gil de Muro Guillermo Jiménez-Estévez George Kariniotakis George Korres André Madureira Meiqin Mao Chris Marnay Jose Miguel Yarza Satoshi Morozumi Alexander Oudalov Frank van Overbeeke Rodrigo Palma Behnke Joao Abel Pecas Lopes Fernanda Resende John Romankiewicz Christine Schwaegerl Nikos Soultanis Liang Tao Antonis Tsikalakis
Microgrids are the most innovative area in the electric power industry today. Future microgrids could exist as energy-balanced cells within existing power distribution grids or stand-alone power networks within small communities. A definitive presentation on all aspects of microgrids, this text examines the operation of microgrids their control concepts and advanced architectures including multi-microgrids. It takes a logical approach to overview the purpose and the technical aspects of microgrids, discussing the social, economic and environmental benefits to power system operation. The book also presents microgrid design and control issues, including protection and explaining how to implement centralized and decentralized control strategies. Key features: original, state-of-the-art research material written by internationally respected contributors unique case studies demonstrating success stories from real-world pilot sites from Europe, the Americas, Japan and China examines market and regulatory settings for microgrids, and provides evaluation results under standard test conditions a look to the future technical solutions to maximize the value of distributed energy along with the principles and criteria for developing commercial and regulatory frameworks for microgrids Offering broad yet balanced coverage, this volume is an entry point to this very topical area of power delivery for electric power engineers familiar with medium and low voltage distribution systems, utility operators in microgrids, power systems researchers and academics. It is also a useful reference for system planners and operators, manufacturers and network operators, government regulators, and postgraduate power systems students. CONTRIBUTORS Thomas Degner Aris Dimeas Alfred Engler Nuno Gil Asier Gil de Muro Guillermo Jim nez-Est vez George Kariniotakis George Korres Andr Madureira Meiqin Mao Chris Marnay Jose Miguel Yarza Satoshi Morozumi Alexander Oudalov Frank van Overbeeke Rodrigo Palma Behnke Joao Abel Pecas Lopes Fernanda Resende John Romankiewicz Christine Schwaegerl Nikos Soultanis Liang Tao Antonis Tsikalakis
The ongoing migration of computing and information access from stationary environments to mobile computing devices for eventual use in mobile environments, such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), tablet PCs, next generation mobile phones, and in-car driver assistance systems, poses critical challenges for natural human-computer interaction. Spoken dialogue is a key factor in ensuring natural and user-friendly interaction with such devices which are meant not only for computer specialists, but also for everyday users. Speech supports hands-free and eyes-free operation, and becomes a key alternative interaction mode in mobile environments, e.g. in cars where driver distraction by manually operated devices may be a significant problem. On the other hand, the use of mobile devices in public places, may make the possibility of using alternative modalities possibly in combination with speech, such as graphics output and gesture input, preferable due to e.g. privacy issues. Researchers' interest is progressively turning to the integration of speech with other modalities such as gesture input and graphics output, partly to accommodate more efficient interaction and partly to accommodate different user preferences. This book: -combines overview chapters of key areas in spoken multimodal dialogue (systems and components, architectures, and evaluation) with chapters focussed on particular applications or problems in the field; -focuses on the influence of the environment when building and evaluating an application. Audience: Computer scientists, engineers, and others who work in the area of spoken multimodal dialogue systems in academia and in the industry; graduate students and Ph.D. students specialising in spoken multimodal dialogue systems in general, or focusing on issues in these systems in mobile environments in particular. TOC:From the contents: Preface.- Contributing Authors.- Introduction.- Part I. Issues in Multimodal Spoken Dialogue Systems and Components: Papers by: Alexander I . Rudnicky; Sadaoki Furui; Satoshi Tamura, et al.; Klaus Macherey and Hermann Ney; Dirk Bühler and Wolfgang Minker; Jonas Beskow, et al.- Part II. System Architecture and Example Implementations: Papers by: Andreas Kellner; Kouichi Katsurada, et al.; Georg Niklfeld, et al.; Roberto Pieraccini, et al.; Dirk Bühler and Wolfgang Minker; Dan Bohus and Alexander I. Rudnicky.-Part III. Evaluation and Usability: Papers by: Laila Dybkjaer, et al.; Steve Withaker and Marilyn Walker; Niels Ole Bernsen and Laila Dybkjaer; Wolfgang Minker, et al.; Sabine Geldof and Robert Dale; Janienke Sturm, et al.; Anthony Jameson and Kerstin Klöckner; Sharon Oviatt, et al.- Index.
A book that challenges common misconceptions about the nature of intelligence Satoshi Kanazawa's Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters (written with Alan S. Miller) was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as 'a rollicking bit of pop science that turns the lens of evolutionary psychology on issues of the day.