Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Discusses not only how our world has been changed by algorithms but some of the scary stories of algorithms run a muck causing major issues. The story of the trading bot that was making millions of dollars in trades in error due to the breeze from an opening door was funny at one level but also very disconcerting.
I had completed listening to this book just prior to the political scandals about the NSA and IRS coming to the surface. This book explains how using so-called computer "algorithms" are used by governments and corporations in our lives.
Nothing we can do to make these things go away!
The best part of the book is the author's work in explaining algorithms and their new place in our world so clearly.
I found this very interesting. I was amazed at the new info for me. I really liked it.
Yes, I have, it's well done.
Perhaps, "In the Plex," but I haven't had time to listen to / read that one yet; "In the Plex" is about Google's rise.
His narration is convincing.
I wouldn't make a film of this book.
I think this book could go deeper into the individual cases. It seemed to be a retelling of what mainstream news has already covered about the tech industry. The first parts of the book (the early stock market algorithms) were interesting history with a hint of the technology behind them with the later parts of the book not following history but rather retelling current events (rise of silicon valley's influence). Overall more of a history of computers taking things over similar to the industrial revolution.
I loved all of the examples of algorithms at work and the story was told very well.
The best books of this genre are first person, deep insight and forward looking. This book came across as a cross between a Google Search and a history lesson. Felt like a "formula" and instead of making me want to know more it made me care less than I did before I started reading.
No, I like the genre, but not this book.
The Performance was dry and added nothing to the story.
I only finished the book so that I could give an honest review and not miss anything of value. At times it was painful. The Author should have known that it didn't come together, BUT the editor has no excuse. This has all the marks of a book that might have been interesting with great editing and more science, it had neither.
Though there is more good than bad in Steiner's "Automate This," there isn't enough to fill a book and so reaches to include the history of computing back to Babbich and Turning. Well told, though occasionally erroneous, the story of a repeating instruction set is given more credibility than the subject deserves. Interesting but lacks the significance that the author tries to give the subject.
As a SW Engineer that is getting long in the tooth (punch card days), this book inspired me to rethink my next project/effort. BOT's are the bomb......