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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
    (681)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (586)

    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.

    RealTruth says: "good start, book runs out of sustenace"
    "Entertaining, Informative, and Thought productive."
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    What did you love best about Automate This?

    The history, I did not know how far back we used algorithms, especially in the stock market.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator for the story was a perfect match.


    Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The future, and how our lives can be made better.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.

    Ryan says: "Articulate but familiar brain-inspired AI pitch"
    "Another great piece of work by Ray."
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    Would you listen to How to Create a Mind again? Why?

    I would give a repeat listen again in one years time to compare the rate of technology to his predictions. Especially now that he is working at Google. I have read or listened to all of Ray's books, and while I think some of his predictions are a little grandiose, many are spot on.

    Technology has always fascinated me. The whole idea of a set of machine software to bring about innovation, products, revelations and revolutions to many areas of our world is both exciting and intriguing.

    The explanation of how the mind is layered with pattern recognizer's over and over not only has this been proven, but replicated on some small proof of concepts already. It is an exciting time.


    What other book might you compare How to Create a Mind to and why?

    None come to mind.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He brought an energy and excitement to the book. Sometimes the material get a little dry, he kept you interested.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welcome to the world of tomorrow.


    Any additional comments?

    Having the kindle version of this helped out a lot. There isn't too many charts or pictures, but I found that following along during a section/chapter that I found really interesting helped me understand it a little easier.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

    Gurmukh says: "Funny and Interesting Book"
    "Funny! Worth the read."
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    Would you listen to How to Survive a Robot Uprising again? Why?

    I would revisit again, his playful take on the coming robot uprising is worth it alone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5048)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3078)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Riveting, Chilling, and Heart breaking."
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    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    What made this story extra special was the combination of speaker, great story and chilling reality of the horror that would happen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was listening to this at my 2nd job at a local gas station, and almost lost it at the break-in scene where the one of their dog's goes all heroic. Very intense and too real.


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

    Laughed and didn't cry but definitely choked up.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this read to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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