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The Numerati | [Stephen Baker]

The Numerati

Every day, we produce loads of data about ourselves simply by living in the modern world: we click web pages, flip channels, and shop with credit cards. Now, in one of the greatest undertakings of the 21st century, a savvy group of mathematicians and computer scientists is beginning to sift through this data to profile us as workers, shoppers, patients, voters, potential terrorists, even lovers. Their goal? To manipulate our behavior.
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Every day, we produce loads of data about ourselves simply by living in the modern world: we click web pages, flip channels, drive through automatic toll booths, shop with credit cards, and make cell-phone calls. Now, in one of the greatest undertakings of the 21st century, a savvy group of mathematicians and computer scientists is beginning to sift through this data to profile us as workers, shoppers, patients, voters, potential terrorists, even lovers. Their goal? To manipulate our behavior - what we buy, how we vote - without our even realizing it.

In this tour de force of original reporting and analysis, journalist Stephen Baker provides us with a fascinating guide to the world we're all entering and the people controlling that world.

©2008 Stephen Baker; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Steve Baker puts his finger on perhaps the most important cultural trend today: the explosion of data about every aspect of our world and the rise of applied math gurus who know how to use it." (Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Wired magazine)

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    Stephen Sarasota, FL, United States 02-02-09
    Stephen Sarasota, FL, United States 02-02-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Good but not the best of the genre"

    This is a book about the existence and contemporary use of data in todays world. The amount of data being gathered each moment is staggering. What is purchased, what people are searching for on google, where people are going, what they are reading etc. This has spawned the practice of using such data to make predictions of what is to happen - what we will be interested in, what we will but, where we will go etc. The people who do this analysis are called the numerati.

    It is a very interesting read but there are two other books, Supercrunchers and the Drunkard's Walk that address this same phenomena in different and better ways. All three books demonstrate how this data is used and how one could take advantage of it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    William Milz Wisconsin 10-09-08
    William Milz Wisconsin 10-09-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Balanced Warning and Possibilities"

    Great book with comfortable narrator. The story that Baker provides is one of growing science of data analysis in various sections of our lives. The description of the complexity of drawing meaningful linkages in premptive terrorist identification leaves a curious mix of encouragement and frightening anxiety over predicting a repeat of September 11th. Later chapter on medical research in variety of illnesses that inflict our own aging process is also encouraging, while incorporating a brief discussion of efforts to identify "dark cutter" steers before investing the continuing costs to raise a low profit calf, all with the use of similar electronic data gathering as those which will help warn of oncoming development of Parkinsons in a family member.

    A good collection about the pace of development and variety of future applications of the "numerati" professionals who are sifting and gleaning among our everyday activities which we hardly notice. Maybe all of HAL's brethren were not disconnected in 2001 ?

    41 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 09-07-13
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 09-07-13

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Big Data for Humans"

    The Numerati examines the bright side, the dark side, and most importantly the human side, of big data.

    Having read Big Data, Super Crunchers, The Signal the Noise, Naked Statistics and The Numerati somewhat recently I liked The Numerati the best by a significant margin.

    The author is not a supercruncher, which I think was a good thing. Baker keeps humanity always in scope while investigating the details of big data. Even though Baker is not a supercruncher, I found this the most technically interesting of the books, delving into multivariate vector spaces without getting bogged down in equations or just telling stories. Each time a bit of technical information was presented, how that technology would impact people was also thoughtfully considered. I also felt I learned more about the subject from The Numerati than all the other books combined.

    Baker uses examples that are more realistic and representative than several of the other books on the subject. The narration is clear and good, adding emphases or emotion quite nicely, but for some reason the frequency range of the reader’s voice grated on me at first and took some getting used to but after a few hours it was fine.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim Etna, NH, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Numerous Reasons to Read"

    Highly recommended. Baker's The Numerati reports on how the growth of large-scale databases and sophisticated analytical techniques are remaking politics, business, health care and government. An excellent companion piece to Ian Ayres book " Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be Smart. Ayers is a member of the Numerati (and come to think of it - sort of surprising that he is not profiled in Baker's book) where Baker is a journalist. The books taken together help round out the picture on rapid growth of data and evidence based decision making.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Minneapolis, MN, USA 04-17-09
    Chris Minneapolis, MN, USA 04-17-09
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    "Gosh golly gee whiz"

    The topic has great potential and is one I'm driven to learn more about. However, this audible book does not deliver. It is written & read with a gee whiz attitude of someone's grandpa who has not been fully cognizant of the role of technology in culture for decades. It treats the listener as though they are only capable of understanding concepts at the 6th grade level. I stopped listening about halfway through and learned just next to nil.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-28-09
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 02-28-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Who is Watching You?"

    This well read book is timely. Data mining and the ramifications of such activity are presented clearly. The book is informative and worth the listener's time. If you want to be generally informed about the topic this book is a good choice. It is not so technical as to be hard to follow and will reward anyone who devotes time to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dnlamoureux 02-17-09
    dnlamoureux 02-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Liked it and learned a lot"

    Lots of interesting information. I'm a non-fiction addict so this kind of thing is right up my alley. I’m in marketing (on and offline) so I was already familiar with some of what he covered. But the depth into the topic was good. It kept my interest throughout. I enjoyed it.

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    Michael High Ridge, MO, USA 06-24-09
    Michael High Ridge, MO, USA 06-24-09
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    "High Expectations, poor results"

    I was really excited to delve into a book on this topic and unfortunately this book did not meet any of my expectations. The book treats technology, data mining, etc. with a certain mysticism. It never goes in depth about the technology of the "Numerati". Much of the book cites interviews and examples. These interviews are interesting to a certain extent, but they are filled with the author's speculation; much of which is in a tone that questions the "Numerati"'s usefulness and overall good to society. Throughout the book the author's comments gave me the impression that he is against technology. This book is a political/ideological discussion. The author's background is history, not technology or math, and it is very evident in this book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alfred Raleigh, NC, United States 06-21-10
    Alfred Raleigh, NC, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2000
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    "The Numerati want to model you"

    "The Numerati" is an exploration of the ways math and data are influencing the world, and what that might mean for business and for our privacy.

    I thought one of the most interesting takeaways is that number-crunchers are working toward a world in which each real human can be modeled electronically, representing a multitude of characteristics. This model will be used to predict how the person will behave in various contexts -- economic, social, political, medical."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael T. Gibson 04-24-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Eye Opening!"

    Understanding how we live on the internet opens doors to infinate possibilities for marketing. The studies outlined in this books will continue to revolutionize how and why we purchase products, vote, love and basically live. The author does a great job in explaining complex ideals and formulas, helping the reader (listener) visualize these concepts and understand how thier daily activities inpact the global society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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