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Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 30, 2012

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The Arab Spring of 2011 did not surprise analyst Bueno de Mesquita, who in May 2010 predicted that Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak would fall within a year—basing his prediction on the workings of an algorithm. 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. Steiner acknowledges that a world reliant on bots must cope with new challenges—flash crashes on Wall Street, unemployment among accountants, dangerously powerful technocrats. Still, Steiner remains hopeful that resourceful computer whizzes will weave algorithms that will enrich and safeguard our future. An accessible foray into computer programming that has become a hidden but pervasive presence. --Bryce Christensen

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“[Steiner] excels in bringing a dry subject to life.”
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"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 medi­cine, 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


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  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 6.35 x 0.89 x 9.33 inches
  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Publisher : Portfolio Hardcover (August 30, 2012)
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00D9T9IQG
  • Customer Reviews:
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Rob Kitchin
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting overview that lacks critical analysis
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Mikolaj Pietrzyk
4.0 out of 5 stars It is not about algorithms. It is about people who develop them.
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Jon Busby
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview - Lacks Detail
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Roland
2.0 out of 5 stars You won't learn any more by reading this book than what is written in the title or thereabouts.
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Hugo David Martínez
5.0 out of 5 stars "las computadoras son la herramienta más rápida, pero más estúpida"
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