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Non-fiction Standout of 2012,
This review is from: Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World (Hardcover)
This is a gem of a book. The subject matter alone is compelling; it exists in that rare place where hugely important, life effecting forces go largely unexplained to the fray of humanity. Algorithms and the people who wield them are pulling all the strings here folks! This book details how it all happened and what's to come, and I for one appreciate being clued in.
The author's style is the best kind of journalistic prose - informative, technical when needed, and honed in on the humanity behind such a, dare I say, nerdy topic. I don't agree with the reviews knocking the lack of tech talk. This is NOT a textbook, but rather the type of discovery that's ingested by an engineer and spit out by a journalist and lucky for us Mr. Steiner is both. I can't think of many others who could succeed where he has. Read this book.