The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You

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The Great Courses #ad - With professor rosenzweig's guidance, you'll scrutinize our system of oversight for intelligence agencies, and you'll consider the ways in which the information that is collected impacts or potentially impacts our civil liberties. This is your reliable source for all the facts you need to make your own reasonable choices - and take a first step toward an empowered future.

A police officer places a GPS device on a suspected criminal's car to follow him and build a case against him. The news is full of such stories, in which new technologies lead to dilemmas that could not have been imagined just a few decades ago. But with these advances come new questions about privacy, security, civil liberties, and more.

The Surveillance State: Big Data, Freedom, and You #ad - Big data is here, to help solve criminal investigations, which means that government and private industries are collecting massive amounts of information about each of us - information that may be used in marketing, and to promote the interests of national security. A retail store uses predictive data analytics to send pregnancy-related advertising to a teenager who has not told her parents about her condition.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. The 21st century has seen remarkable technological advances, with many wonderful benefits. Pandora's box has been opened, but in many ways the government is behind the times, relying on legislation from the 1970s to inform its stance on regulating the collection and use of this information.

Taught by professor rosenzweig, esteemed legal expert and professorial lecturer at The George Washington University School of Law, JD, these 24 revealing lectures tackle the tough questions about surveillance and data in the 21st century.

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Great Ideas of Classical Physics

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#ad - It's about making sense of motion, gravity, light, heat, and magnetism, sound, electricity, and seeing how these phenomena interweave to create the rich tapestry of everyday experience. And if it sounds complicated to you, slid across ice, in this mind-expanding series of 24 lectures, professor Pollock hopes you will think again - because you already know more physics than you think, thrown a ball, demonstrating that its landmark concepts - such as Newton's laws of motion - are intuitively understood by anyone who has ever ridden a bike, Professor Steven Pollock takes you step by step through the great ideas of classical physics, or simply picked up an object and set it down.

Classical physics is about how things move, why they move, and how they work. Instead, methods, insights, ordinary logic, Professor Pollock relies on metaphor, theories, life experience, and common sense to present the discoveries, and philosophical points of view at the heart of classical physics. All these - and much more - are linked by the basic principles you will learn in these lectures - presented largely without math.

Great Ideas of Classical Physics #ad - Created over the course of three centuries by a series of brilliant thinkers, including galileo galilei, to the baking of a cake, Michael Faraday, Isaac Newton, to the orbit of a planet, and James Clerk Maxwell, classical physics is an elegant system of ideas that connect a range of seemingly unrelated phenomena - everything from the acceleration of a car, to the deflection of a compass needle, to the flow of electricity through the light bulb illuminating these words.

. It is, in short, the hidden order of the universe.

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Understanding Japan: A Cultural History

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#ad - In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Japan's extraordinary culture is like no other in the world, and it remains mysterious to many of us. You'll come away from professor Ravina's final lecture with a stronger sense of the very soul of this one of a kind nation.

Professor ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan vibrantly illustrated with stunning images from the Smithsonian's vast collections of Japanese artwork and archival material. From the dawn of confucianism and the meiji restoration to world war II and the economic miracle years of 1955 to 1975, you'll explore landmark periods of Japanese history and learn how broad events and movements introduced, innovated, and revised everything from spirituality to popular entertainment.

Understanding Japan: A Cultural History #ad - And that's unfortunate, because to truly understand Japan's influence on the world stage, one needs to understand Japan's culture, on its own terms. Along the way, literary works like the tale of genji, the universal appeal of filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa, the art of Katsushika Hokusai, you'll get revealing insights into Japan's indigenous religion, the everyday lives of samurai, foods like yakitori and tempura, and so much more.

Every lecture draws extensively from the Smithsonian's vast collection of art, and artifacts, photography, making this cultural journey come to life in lavish visual detail.

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How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises

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The Great Courses #ad - But there's one language family that provides benefits like no other: the languages of computer programming. Simple, commonly used computer languages that can be mastered easily by anyone provide fundamental building blocks that take the mystery and complexity out of more complicated scripts. The most important benefit you will gain beyond a toolkit to help you program Python is a set of mental tools that will serve you in every sphere of life.

There is no better guide than How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises. Writing computer code has truly gone mainstream in the last few years. These 24 engaging and information-rich half-hour lessons use one of the world's most popular computer language, Python, as a gateway to the universe of programming.

How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises #ad - Assuming no prior background in computer science, Professor Keyser's lessons are so clear, carefully paced, and comprehensive that they will appeal to both novice and experienced programmers. Learning a new language opens a wealth of opportunities. Even those who use python often will learn new and useful tips that fill gaps in their understanding, clarify concepts that were previously obscure, and broaden one-task tricks into versatile tools.

This course is taught by professor john keyser of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, one of the top-ranked computer science programs in the country. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses".

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