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    DescriptionHow the rise of computerized decision-making affects every aspect of business and daily life These days, high-level tasks--such as diagnosing an illness or interpreting legal documents--are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work with speed and nuance. In this fascinating book, 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. We meet bots that are driving cars, penning haikus, and writing music mistaken for Bach's. They listen in on customer service calls and figure out what Iran would do in the event of a nuclear standoff. But what will the world look like when algorithms control our hospitals, our roads, and our national security? And what role will be left for doctors, lawyers, writers, truck drivers, and many others?


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    Title
    Automate This
    Subtitle
    How Algorithms Took Over Our Markets, Our Jobs, and the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Steiner
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781591846529
    ISBN 10: 1591846528
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: KFFM, UBJ
    B&T General Subject: 180
    BIC subject category V2: KJMD
    BISAC V2.8: BUS019000
    BIC subject category V2: UMB
    BISAC V2.8: BUS027000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27840
    Ingram Subject Code: XG
    Libri: I-XG
    BISAC V2.8: BUS036000, TEC000000
    Abridged Dewey: 650
    LC classification: HB
    B&T Approval Code: A47450000
    BISAC V2.8: COM079000
    B&T Approval Code: A48403048
    BISAC V2.8: COM051300, COM072000, BUS000000
    B&T Approval Code: A93540000
    DC22: 332.0113
    DC21: 332.0113
    BIC subject category V2: UYM
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    PORTFOLIO
    Publication date
    18 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Chris Steiner is the author of "$20 Per Gallon," a "New York Times "bestseller. His writing has appeared in "Forbes," the "Chicago Tribune, "the "Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, "and more. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. Steiner lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his family.
    Review quote
    "[Steiner] excels in bringing a dry subject to life." --"Financial Times" "As readers follow Steiner in his whirlwind tour of algorithm applications, they will marvel at the versatility of a mathematical tool understood only by a small circle of experts. Readers peer over the experts' shoulders long enough to trace the decision-tree logic of an individual algorithm and to follow the cascading dynamics of the linked algorithms that drive the "bots" now handling everything from putting astronauts into space to matching compatible personalities venturing into the dating scene.... An accessible foray into computer programming that has become a hidden but pervasive presence."--Bryce Christensen, "Booklist" "Algorithms are affecting every field of human endeavor, from markets to medi-cine, poker to pop music. Read this book if you want to understand the most powerful force shaping the world today and tomorrow." --Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist, MIT; coauthor of "Race Against the Machine" "Christopher Steiner knows how to find terrific stories and tell them well. He has written a lively narrative with humans at its center. To be sure, its subject is important, but the book is also fun." --Randall Stross, author of "Planet Google" and "The Launch Pad"