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  • The Master Algorithm

  • How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
  • By: Pedro Domingos
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

Under the aegis of machine learning in our data-driven machine age, computers are programming themselves and learning about - and solving - an extraordinary range of problems, from the mundane to the most daunting. Today it is machine learning programs that enable Amazon and Netflix to predict what users will like, Apple to power Siri's ability to understand voices, and Google to pilot cars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let the Data Speak for themselves

  • By Gary on 10-16-15

Great book, irritating narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would recommend to anyone who has the will power to tolerate the poor narration in order to benefit from the excellent content.

What did you like best about this story?

The content is fantastic - Pedro Domingos has written an excellent overview of the field.

What didn’t you like about Mel Foster’s performance?

The narration is by someone who sounds like they are straight out of an ad from the 1950's. He has that sort of "gee whiz, golly gee" tone, with every sentence seeming to end with an exclamation mark, and pronounces the word "computer" like my grandmother used to while she was still alive: sort of like "commuter" (I'm 50, so my grandmother was born in the 1800's -- you get the picture).

I suggest that audible use a learning algorithm next to choose narrators for each content genre that will resonate properly with the audience -- this one is WAY off base!

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