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Emilie

Hoorn, Netherlands | Member Since 2010

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  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (745)

    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.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Good book on the influence of algorithms."
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    What did you love best about Automate This?

    It was very informative on algorithms development in programming and at the same time entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Automate This to and why?

    "search" by John Batel and from "Gutenberg to Zuckerberg" by John Naughton.


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    it was good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If thinking a great deal and saying hmm... is an extreme reaction, then yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in finance, data or programming this is an interesting book, giving a good overview over algorithms development.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Naughton
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Our society has gone through a weird, unremarked transition: once a novelty, the Net is now something that we take for granted, like mains electricity or running water. In the process we've been surprisingly incurious about its significance or cultural implications. How has our society become dependent on a utility that it doesn't really understand? John Naughton has distilled the noisy chatter surrounding the internet's relentless evolution into nine clear-sighted areas of understanding.

    Emilie says: "Entertaining, profound and wide reaching in scope"
    "Entertaining, profound and wide reaching in scope"
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    Would you listen to From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg again? Why?

    One of the best books I have listened to this year.
    It's everything you would want to know about the development of the internet and what this may or may not imply for the future.

    It's entertaining and incredibly well written.
    It's as light and entertaining as a ted talk and it still feels that way after 8 hours. The author manages to intertwine the great thinkers of philosophy and literature with the development of the internet in all its parts, great and small. And yet following the discussion through the book is effortless.

    IT is often considered a bit boring, but John Naughton gives it life and colours in a literary style that reminds me of Stephen Fry.

    The part on copyright law really made me understand the problems lawyers have been discussing for years about the internet.

    The narrator also does a very good job, making the book easy to follow and understand, while at the same time being pleasant to the ear.

    I find it to be a profound master piece on internet history.

    Oh if only I had, had professors like this at university, what delightful pleasure learning would have been…

    Thank you John Naughton for this wonderful book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the information was presented.


    What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes it easy to understand and comprehend.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, think and go; hmmm...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Search: How Google & Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business & Transformed Our Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Battelle
    • Narrated By John Battelle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    What does the world want? According to John Battelle, a company that answers that question can unlock the most intractable riddles of both business and culture. And for the past few years, that's exactly what Google has been doing.

    T. Goss says: "Trevor Goss"
    "Really good book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes - it's interesting and engaging.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    well told, well composed, good combination of history, culture and search facts.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    the fantastic future of search


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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