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Arseny

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  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Cathy O'Neil
    • Narrated By Cathy O'Neil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1044)

    We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly the decisions that affect our lives - where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance - are being made not by humans but by mathematical models. In theory this should lead to greater fairness. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black-box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society.

    Laurent Bourgault-Roy says: "More are US social problems that WMD"
    "High-level banter of Occupy Wall Street minded author"
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    I thought there would be at least something about the math. Nope. If I could recommend a better read / audible that would be "Algorithms To Live By" book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Narrated By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and technology author Douglas Rushkoff calls on us to abandon the monopolist, winner-takes-all values we are unwittingly embedding into the digital economy and to embrace the more distributed possibilities of these platforms. He shows how we can optimize every aspect of the economy - from central currency and debt to corporations and labor - to create sustainable prosperity for business and people alike.

    Jonathan says: "Heavy on Rhetoric, Light on Facts"
    "Usual Rushkoff's High-Level Story"
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    A lot of pan-industry pan-economic generalisations... although woven in to sometimes useful to know and quite fresh talk tracks. Not too many statistics... Nice historical references, connected to subject of the book... I read Douglas before (read Cyberia back in beginning of 1999 or so) and it was the same style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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