La Biblioteca Online di Estropico offre una serie di libri e articoli fondamentali, tutti a portata di click.

Tranne dove indicato, i testi suggeriti sono in inglese.

Engines of Creation
The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
by K. Eric Drexler
Testo completo online
La traduzione italiana:Motori di creazione

Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution
Eric Drexler and Chris Peterson, with Gayle Pergamit
Testo completo online

The Prospect of Immortality
by Robert C. Ettinger
Testo completo online
La prospettiva dell'immortalita' (The Prospect of Immortality) in italiano

Man into superman
by Robert C. Ettinger
Testo completo online

The Scientific Conquest of Death. Essays on Infinite Lifespans
Una raccolta di articoli sugli aspetti tecnici, bioetici, sociali e culturali della ricerca di una cura per quella malattia degenerativa di cui tutti soffriamo: l'invecchiamento.
Testo completo online

La preparazione: un libro sulla colonizzazione dello spazio, sulla transumanità e sulla nanotecnologia
di Rex Stephens
Testo completo online

The Ultimate Resource II: People, Materials, and Environment
by Julian Simon
Testo completo online

The age of intelligent machines
by Raymond Kurzweil
Testo completo online

The age of spiritual machines
by Raymond Kurzweil
Prologo, capitoli 1, 6, 9, timeline e glossario online
L'era delle macchine spirituali - il primo capitolo in italiano

Nanosystems - Molecular machinery, manufacturing and computation
by K. Eric Drexler
Prefazione e primi due capitoli online

The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism
by David Friedman
Alcuni estratti, sul sito dell'autore.

The Technological Singularity
by Vernor Vinge
Articolo. Testo completo online
La traduzione italiana (su Estropico)

The Law of Accelerating Returns
by   Raymond Kurzweil
Articolo (lungo). Testo completo online

Molecular engineering: an approach to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation
K. Eric Drexler
La prima pubblicazione scientifica ad illustrare la fattibilità della nanotecnologia.
Articolo. Testo completo online

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom - an Invitation to enter a new field of physics
by Richard P. Feynman
Il primo articolo a menzionare la possibilità della creazione di macchinari di dimensioni molecolari.
Articolo. Testo completo online

Creating Friendly AI 1.0 - The Analysis and Design of Benevolent Goal Architectures
The goal of the field of Artificial Intelligence is to understand intelligence and create a human-equivalent or transhuman mind. Beyond this lies another question - whether the creation of this mind will benefit the world; whether the AI will take actions that are benevolent or malevolent, safe or uncaring, helpful or hostile. Creating Friendly AI describes the design features and cognitive architecture required to produce a benevolent - "Friendly" - Artificial Intelligence. Creating Friendly AI also analyzes the ways in which AI and human psychology are likely to differ, and the ways in which those differences are subject to our design decisions.
"Creating Friendly AI is the most intelligent writing about AI that I've read in many years."
-- Dr. Ben Goertzel, author of The Structure of Intelligence and CTO of Webmind.
"With Creating Friendly AI, the Singularity Institute has begun to fill in one of the greatest remaining blank spots in the picture of humanity's future."
-- Dr. K. Eric Drexler, author of Engines of Creation and chairman of the Foresight Institute.
Testo completo online

Forever For All: Moral Philosophy, Cryonics, and the Scientific Prospects for Immortality
by Mike Perry
A rational and thorough exploration of human potential. Few have considered, much less visualized, the profound changes set to occur over the next few decades through exponential advances in science and philosophy. Mike Perry has, and he shares his vision with eloquence.
Le prime 25 pagine sono disponibili gratuitamente in formato PDF.


Per altre letture (online e non), si consiglia anche la lista di letture suggerite dall'Extropy Institute (che contiene, fra l'altro, molti dei testi qui elencati). Estratti di alcuni dei libri consigliati dall'Extropy Institute, sono disponibili gratutitamente sul sito della Amazon.

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Matter and Consciousness - Revised Edition
by Paul M. Churchland
"Churchland argues persuasively - and imaginatively - that the basic philosophical issues will be resolved only after empirical progress in cognitive science. He sketches the ways in which artificial intelligence, neuroscience and ethology are relevant."
12 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Mind Children : The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence
by Hans P. Moravec
"A dizzying display of intellect and wild imaginings by Moravec, a world-class roboticist who has himself developed clever beasts . . . Undeniably, Moravec comes across as a highly knowledgeable and creative talent--which is just what the field needs."
20 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.
12 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Altri testi di interesse estropico con brani disponibili sul sito Amazon (copia & incolla il titolo nel motore di ricerca della Amazon):

Robot - Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind
by Hans P. Moravec
This is science fiction without the fiction--and more mind-bending than anything you ever saw on Star Trek. Moravec, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, envisions a not-too-distant future in which robots of superhuman intelligence have picked up the evolutionary baton from their human creators and headed out into space to colonize the universe.
18 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Society of Mind
by Marvin L. Minsky
The author, one of the undisputed fathers of the discipline of AI, sets out to provide an abstract model of how the human mind really works. His thesis is that our minds consist of a huge aggregation of tiny mini-minds or agents that have evolved to perform highly specific tasks. Most of these agents lack the attributes we think of as intelligence and are severely limited in their ability to intercommunicate. Yet rational thought, feeling, and purposeful action result from the interaction of these basic components.
43 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Heaven in a Chip - Fuzzy Visions of Society and Science in the Digital Age
by Bart Kosko
"Would you still be you if a chip replaced your brain? Who draws the line in the digital age? Those with the most power? Does the digital age even have black and white parameters? (…) Who owns the oceans or the moon - or your genome blueprint? Bart Kosko sheds new insights on these questions and show how a revolutionary way of thinking will affect every aspect of life from politics and genetics, to warfare, technology, art, privacy and even mortality itself."
58 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Blind Watchmaker - Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
by Richard Dawkins
"I want to persuade the reader, not just that the Darwinian world-view happens to be true, but that it is the only known theory that could, in principle, solve the mystery of our existence - Richard Dawkins"
9 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Extended Phenotype - The Long Reach of the Gene
by Richard Dawkins
The Extended Phenotype carries on from where The Selfish Gene takes off. It is a fascinating look at the evolution of life and natural selection. Dawkins's theory is that individual organisms are replicators that have extended phenotypic effects on society and the world at large, thus our genes have the ability to manipulate other individuals. A worldwide bestseller, this book has become a classic in popular science writing.
13 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Smart Drugs and Nutrients - How to Improve Your Memory and Increase Your Intelligence Using the Latest Discoveries in Neuroscience
by Ward Dean, John Morgenthaler, Steven William Fowkes
"A practical guide to improving your mental performance with newly-researched, test-proven pharmaceuticals and nutrients. Tells how to use smart drugs and nutrients and how to get them."
23 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Open Society and Its Enemies
by Karl Raimund Popper
"A work of first class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern - Bertrand Russell"
26 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

It's Getting Better All the Time - 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years
by Stephen Moore, Julian Lincoln Simon
"More Americans than ever are living in greater affluence than ever before," concludes Moore, the Cato Institute's director of fiscal policy studies, who presents the extensive research of Julian Simon, the foremost environmental economist before his death. The astounding progress in the U.S. will hopefully be replicated in the twenty-first century and extended to other nations throughout the world.
18 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Earth Report 2000 - Revisiting the True State of the Planet
by Ronald Bailey (Editor), Michael Novak (Introduction)
Earth Report 2000 is an authoritative guide to the Earth's environment at the turn of the millennium, sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute--called "the best environmental think tank in the nation," by the Wall Street Journal--and written by a collection of the most prestigious environmental researchers. These experts calmly and accurately assess the ecological situation of the planet--on subjects ranging from global warming and ocean water quality to overpopulation and biodiversity.
42 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Passion of the Western Mind - Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View
by Richard Tarnas
Here are the great minds of Western civilization and their pivotal ideas, from Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud. Richard Tarnas performs the near-miracle of describing profound philosophical concepts simply but without simplifying them. Ten years in the making and already hailed as a classic.
60 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Spike - How Our Lives Are Being Transformed by Rapidly Advancing Technologies
by Damien Broderick
"A provocative account of cutting-edge science and technology which deserves a place on the desks of political leaders everywhere… Things are happening incredibly faster than most of us think, and the winners are going to be those who get used to the idea and work out in advance what has to be done in order for us to cope"
36 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Last Mortal Generation
by Damien Broderick
This book proposes that science is on the verge of providing what, up until now, only religion has claimed to offer - a genuine prospect of immortality and the ability to understand the deepest mysteries of life, the universe and the human spirit.
16 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Honoring the Self - The Psychology of Confidence and Respect
by Nathaniel Branden
"Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem," says pioneering psychologist Nathaniel Branden, "and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence--and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself--your self-esteem--is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life."
32 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

Beyond the 120 Year Diet - How to Double Your Vital Years
by Roy L., M.D. Walford
In this completely revised edition of The 120 Year Diet, Dr. Walford explains - and backs up his explanation with laboratory evidence - why he believes that the anti-aging diet can preserve one's vital, productive years and extend the human life span to well beyond its present maximum.
28 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Anti-Aging Plan - Strategies and Recipes for Extending Your Healthy Years
by Roy L. Walford, Lisa Walford (Contributor)
The physician of the Biosphere 2 team presents a tested, practical, and affordable eating plan for living long and free from diseases, based on the principles of nutrition and calorie reduction, along with more than one hundred recipes
18 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Fourth Discontinuity - The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines
by Bruce Mazlish
Mazlish says that the three great shocks to our conception of ourselves- -with each shock forcing us to relinquish another claim to uniqueness--have been the Copernican Revolution, removing Earth from its centrality; Darwin's placement of humanity within the animal kingdom; and Freud's excavation of the unconscious. Now, claims the author, ``we are now coming to realize that humans are not as privileged in regard to machines as has been unthinkingly assumed''--and thus the ``fourth discontinuity,'' between ourselves and machines, is eliminated.
16 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

by BC Crandall (Editor)
In clear and compelling language, Nanotechnology describes the ideas and techniques that are creating a new domain of science and technology.
17 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon

The Door into Summer
by Robert A. Heinlein
Once again, the author of Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers displays his genius. The Door in to Summer proves why Robert Heinlein's books have sold more than 50 million copies, winning countless awards, and earning him the title of Grand Master of Science Fiction.
23 pagine disponibili gratuitamente online sul sito Amazon