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Steve

West New York, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Jeff says: "Great for the stories."
    "Fantastic - I enjoyed this book immensely."
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    This book was a very thorough look into all of Google's products from a social, historical and technological perspective. I'm a big user of Google products, and I learned a lot from this book that helped me understand Google's purpose and trajectory even better than before. I love Steven Levy's writing, and would recommend this book to anyone interested in the behemoth that is Google. My only caveat would be that if you're not a technically oriented person, that some of the material might be over your head.

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  • Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By William Hertling
    • Narrated By Rob Granniss
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    (334)
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    David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence. David and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers.

    Matthew says: "Short but defintely sweet"
    "Impossibly Far Fetched, Don't Bother."
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    The idea that a smart email program would compromise an entire corporation's network and all of its secure systems is ridiculous. The premise is that a powerful self aware Artificial Intelligence was created accidentally by a mediocre programmer. This is not just unlikely, it's impossible and insults my science fiction sensibility.

    If you want to read a good book with a similar scenario, try Daemon by Daniel Suarez.

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