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6 February 2023 - 24 February 2023

This course "emphasizes the intensely human dimension of innovation" and "explores how the emergence of machine learning and other forms of AI could affect innovation process.  What are the implications when machines can innovate thousands of times faster than a human being?  To what degree would humans try to guide this process?  What level of trust should humans place in their machines? And how will emerging technologies change the political landscape?"

Some materials listed below require access to subscription databases.  If you cannot gain access, contact your local library for availability.  AU students and faculty can contact the center's Database Request Page for a password.

Internet Resources

Listed below is on-line information about books and their authors used in this course.  Library resources are best accessed using commercial internet.

  • Lesson 1:  6 February 2023

    Eric D. Beinhocker     Biography
    The Origin of Wealth:  Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics     Review 1     Review 2

  • Lesson 2:  7 February 2023

    William Hardy McNeill    Biography
    The Pursuit of Power:  Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000     Review 1      Review 2

  • Lesson 3:  9 February 2023

    Stephen P. Rosen     Biography
    Winning the Next War:  Innovation and the Modern Military     Review 1     Review 2
    Owen Reid Cote, Jr.      Faculty Profile
    The Politics of Innovative Military Doctrine:  The U.S. Navy and Fleet Ballistic Missiles  

  • Lesson 4:  10 February 2023

    Thomas P. Hughes     Biography
    Rescuing Prometheus     Review

  • Lesson 5:  13 February 2023

    Ashlee Vance     Biography   
    Elon Musk        Publisher Description 

  • Lesson 6:  14 February 2023

    Vijay Govindarajan     Biography
    Chris Trimble     Biography      (Link to bio located under the book jackets)
    The Other Side of Innovation:  Solving the Execution Challenge     Review 

    Mark Wallace    Biography
    The U.S. Air Force Learned to Code - and Saved the Pentagon Millions      (Article)

    Eric Schmidt
    Statement of Dr. Eric Schmidt to House Armed Services Committee.  April 17, 2018.

  • Lesson 7:  16 February 2023

    Marina Nitze    Biography
    Nick Sinai     Biography
    Hack Your Bureaucracy:  Get Things Done No Matter What Your Role On Any Team       Interview

  • Lesson 8:  17 February 2023

    Kai-Fu Lee     Biography
    AI Superpowers:  China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order      Review 1      Review 2

    Mark Jacobsen     
    Fitness Function    (Short Story)

  • Lesson 9:  21 February 2023

    Audrey Kurth Cronin       Biography
    Power to the People:  How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow's Terrorists     Review

    Arthur C. Clarke    Biography
    Superiority  (Short Story)

  • Lesson 10:  23 February 2023

    Christian Brose     Biography
    The Kill Chain:  Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare       Review

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