Automate This

Automate This

How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

Book - 2012
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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? 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 frightening book, 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2012
Description: 248 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781591844921
1591844924
Branch Call Number: 332.0113 Ste

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ranXerox
Nov 08, 2012

Not a bad place to begin (though I think Super Crunchers is better) if you want to know where the world's heading, but much of this smells of pure promotion for the start ups he's invested in. A lot of glib and glitzy stuff, with a complete absence of deeper analysis on the ramifications of how this stuff will transform the labour market of ALL professions. His solution is basically " we need better math teachers at the high school level", but can't bring himself to talk about how their pay is crap or the constant abuse they're subject to by politicians. A shallow book, but an easy read for the uncritical who want some anecdotes on this "new" thing...

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