This title is a good start, the first three chapters are a useful look at the history of algorithms and new developments. I found the last several chapters lagging and devoted to stories of Ivy league and student immigrants cornering wall-street with somewhat questionable programming and tactics. I think the author could have done better by elaborating on algorithms used in different industries other than by wall street, facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, such as science, journalism, etc.
One of the better Hollywood biographies I have read in the past several years, whether or not you believe Arnolds' "Unbelievably True Life Story." It is up to the listener to try and piece through what is real and what is exaggerated or faked by Schwarzenegger. No doubt Arnold's real last name is not "Schwarzenigger". It is probably "Knapp" or maybe "Mannheim". Although the behind the scenes chatter in this book is engendering, It's unfortunate the Hollywood found in this book can't be as genuine as us every day folks.
Although this author makes some good points about the transcendence of machines into humans, on the whole the book is badly thought-through. Granted, I did learn some things from this author, such as about the wearable computer used to document years of some peoples' lives, a year of tweets which could be used to create a book, and the crowd sourcing phenomenon, I don't need to hear this author's opinion about race relations in the United States. After all, he claims to be a native of Toronto. He puts down racial segregation in the US, although he does not appear to be aware of the issues inherent. After all, how many whites want to be killed in a black neighborhood? And there is very little substance to this book other than what I have already mentioned, despite the hype it received in reviews. In summary, most people who claim to be "smarter than you think" are usually lying about their "smarter" qualifications, be they academic or otherwise.
The authors wrote a well thought out book discussing the methods for some of the Edison labs' accomplishments. I only wish they would not have abridged the book for the audible version, however there is much to be gained by listening to the book, nonetheless.
I found this book by John McWhorter (probably not his real name) to be inconsistent with gaps in the logic and at times insulting to the listener. In short, not the kind of book you would want to bring home for dinner.
He makes the statement that man (Africans) is descended from apes, but then later says that apes are fundamentally different than humans. No doubt apes have more in common with man than he believes, and some people are unquestionably related to apes. It appears as if the "Great Courses" producers are intentionally trying to make political statements with some of their books as this title about the "Great Ape" demonstrates.
I was initially not impressed with some of the information this author related, however, after about half way through the title, I started to see his point in some of the anecdotes. One of his main points is basically that the obvious is not always correct in many circumstances.
Face paced novel which includes lengthy information on historic Italian relics from Medieval or Renaissance periods.
Comprehensive discussion of the economy of China in the 21st century. Interesting and enlightening; relates the inner-workings of strategic Chinese economic policy, Chinese entrepreneurs and systems of international trade, and how these policies and systems can or do effect western nations.
Kelso does a great job in discussing the finds of his, and the APVA's work over the past 20 or so years. He starts off by telling of how they discovered the site, and then explains many of the most important finds.
Before I got this audio book, I should have listened to the advice of the previous reviewer who said not to waste your time "on this garbage". I agree. It is only one third of the book this author wrote, and appears to be just put together quickly to earn some easy money.
The listen is full of quotes like "Star Wars was about saving Luke's soul," and, "Archie Bunker was a pig." A lot of people like Archie Bunker, despite his faults.
This book has a lot of good anecdotes for the writer with no, or maybe only a few years experience. Helpful information about the business start-up process for any beginning entrepreneur, and insights from the often perilous, shark-bitten world of Sci-fi writers.
Although there isn't a lot of detailed information about putting together articles or short stories here, the author gives plentiful advice about the publishing industry and different career paths in general.
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