If you are interested in tech - yoou will like this book.
Easy to follow
OK - but not WOW...
Decrease the repetition throughout the book.
Go deeper into the topics and eliminate the repetition of many of the examples.
Appropriate, technical, accurate.
Not many redeeming qualities. The concepts were interesting but inadequately presented.
The book reads as if it was written in the early 1990s. There was little new or revolutionary about the use of algorithms (or "bots"). While there may have been some "oh, that is interesting" moments for some, nothing presented really changed one's perspective. It was a disappointment.
One of the best treatise on the impact of technology to modern lives.
The computers and the wizards programmers
Incredible insights and the ability to reduce highly techie stuff into thought even I can comprehend
No - way too dense , a couple chapters at a time was fine?
I read mostly fiction. This book isn' t the type of thing that I normally listen to. I thought that it would be a interesting break and it was on sale. It was captivating from the very start and easy to understand. The author covers the history of algorithm use, different areas of use, how they affect ours lives, and where they are headed.
I know...it doesn't sound that interesting. It is! The narrator's voice is absolutely enthralling and he reads at a nice pace.
Automotive Engineer that generally squeezes in listening either on the commute to and from work or during travel days to our various plants.
It was very informative and presented in a way that kept me entertained. I left this book knowing two things; 1) I will read it again. 2) I will be looking into more detail about some of the topics that were covered, such as music composed by algorithms.
If you enjoyed this, also try Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick.
A greater understanding is what I seek. With this I hope to enrich my knowledge of life and my legacy. Why Dad?Well here's a head start son
Top 10 so far on the enlightenment scale. My personal favorite Highlights: The History and evolution of Algorithms, our high level of dependency on them, organ donor data optimization threw them.
I have an understanding of how they are a possible tool for wonderful things as well as bad. The old story goes, " You don't go after the hammer store if someone uses it in a crime or for ill purpose." It's how the tool is used that will define it's value to our future.
The tone and pace worked well with my listening routine.
The move from Wall Street cash cow band wagons, to do thinks that mattered to society was refreshing to here about.
I enjoyed the journey.
The author of Automate This struck a good balance between technical content, engaging story telling, issues of relevance to understanding our changing world, and topics that are just interesting even if not significant. Topics include automated stock trading, medical diagnoses, musical composition, and others. The performance was so good it never caught my attention, it simply delivered the content to my ears without causing a single distraction.
Technologist, proponent of Automation, believer in the human spirit and power of collaboration
I loved this book. It weaves a good story and has many examples.
I now see algorithms in action in even more places - clearly an effect of 'focusing'
It also offers a glimpse into the future.
In any case this is a book not to be missed.
This book is about technology but it's told from the human side. The stories of the people that make it all happen are both interesting and encouraging. As much as the theme of this book can have scary implications I came away hopeful for the future.
It was very informative on algorithms development in programming and at the same time entertaining.
"search" by John Batel and from "Gutenberg to Zuckerberg" by John Naughton.
it was good.
If thinking a great deal and saying hmm... is an extreme reaction, then yes.
If you are in finance, data or programming this is an interesting book, giving a good overview over algorithms development.