• Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World (Your Coach in a Box) (CD-Audio) By (author) Christopher Steiner, Read by Walter Dixon

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    DescriptionThe rousing story of the last gasp of human agency and how today's best and brightest minds are endeavoring to put an end to it. It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills-and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected. In this fascinating, frightening audiobook, Christopher Steiner tells the story of how algorithms took over-and shows why the "bot revolution" is about to spill into every aspect of our lives, often silently, without our knowledge. The May 2010 "Flash Crash" exposed Wall Street's reliance on trading bots to the tune of a 998-point market drop and $1 trillion in vanished market value. But that was just the beginning. In "Automate This," we meet bots that are driving cars, penning haiku, and writing music mistaken for Bach's. They listen in on our customer service calls and figure out what Iran would do in the event of a nuclear standoff. There are algorithms that can pick out the most cohesive crew of astronauts for a space mission or identify the next Jeremy Lin. Some can even ingest statistics from baseball games and spit out pitch-perfect sports journalism indistinguishable from that produced by humans. The interaction of man and machine can make our lives easier. But what will the world look like when algorithms control our hospitals, our roads, our culture, and our national security? What happens to businesses when we automate judgment and eliminate human instinct? And what role will be left for doctors, lawyers, writers, truck drivers, and many others? Who knows-maybe there's a bot learning to do your job this minute.

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    Automate This
    How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Steiner, Read by Walter Dixon
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 148 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    ISBN 13: 9781469086064
    ISBN 10: 1469086069

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    LC classification: HG106 .S74 2013
    Edition statement
    Gildan Media Corporation
    Imprint name
    Gildan Media Corporation
    Publication date
    27 August 2013
    Author Information
    Christopher Steiner is the cofounder and co-CEO of Aisle50, a Y Combinator start-up offering online grocery deals. An engineer, Steiner was previously a technology staff writer at "Forbes" and the "Chicago Tribune." He is also the author of "$20 per Gallon," a national bestseller. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, Sarah, and their children