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  • Weapons of Math Destruction

  • How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
  • By: Cathy O'Neil
  • Narrated by: Cathy O'Neil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating and startling look at where big data is blind

  • By Stephen on 10-02-16

Makes you think...

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Reviewed: 09-29-17

Who would have though a book about mathematical models would be so interesting and enjoyable. The author will make you thiink a lot about how much they are used in your own life and it is in some cases, sobering.

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  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,219

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

another great Zahn novel...whats new

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-17

First off let me start by saying I love stories that offer a different perspective than the one normally told. while not altogether trying to sell you on the merits of the Empire it tells of the duality instead and of its people and its many moving parts. Not good or evil, just existing in a galaxy far far away that we've come to know and love.