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  • Prediction Machines

  • The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
  • By: Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Artificial intelligence does the seemingly impossible - driving cars, trading stocks, and teaching children. But facing the sea change that AI will bring can be paralyzing. How should companies set strategies, governments design policies, and people plan their lives for a world so different from what we know? In Prediction Machines, three eminent economists recast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. With this single, masterful stroke, they lift the curtain on the AI-is-magic hype and show how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policy makers, investors, and entrepreneurs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure what I was expecting, but underwhelmed

  • By WJ Brown, Audible Customer on 09-27-18

Outstanding baseline on AI

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Reviewed: 12-02-18

The authors did a fabulous job introducing and demonstrating the economics of AI using real world examples. Very well done and I recommend this book to anyone wanting a high-level, baseline understanding and portending of the technology.

  • New York 2140

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,325
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
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    4 out of 5 stars 1,220

The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted, and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we, too, will change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, believable, nuanced, riveting

  • By Lois on 04-07-17

Visionary depiction of a potential future

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Reviewed: 09-11-18

I appreciated how the author seamlessly wove in descriptions and explanations of the underlying forces which drove the story. Ignoring climate change will have real consequences (e.g. rising sea level, rising inequality) for future generations, and this story explores one of those potential future.

  • Farmacology

  • Total Health from the Ground Up
  • By: Daphne Miller MD
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
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    5 out of 5 stars 30
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    5 out of 5 stars 30

Can urban farms reduce neighborhood crime? These may not sound like typical questions for a family physician to consider, but in Farmacology, Daphne Miller, MD, ventures out of her medical office and travels to seven innovative family farms around the country on a quest to discover the hidden connections between how we care for our bodies and how we grow our food. Miller also seeks out the perspectives of noted biomedical scientists and artfully weaves in their research, along with stories from her own practice. Farmacology offers a profound new approach to healing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is REMARKABLE! Life changing!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-18

Eye-opening & engaging

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Reviewed: 08-11-18

Must read for anyone that is concerned with personal health and/or sustainability. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's hands-on and empowering stories that elucidate an optimistic path forward!

  • Synchronicity

  • The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind
  • By: Kirby Surprise
  • Narrated by: Ralph Morocco
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
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    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

The experience of meaningful coincidences is universal. They are reported by people of every culture, every belief system, and every time period. Synchronicity examines the evidence for the human influence on the meaningfulness of events, and the way the modern computational model of the mind predicts how we create meaning. It demonstrates that these events, based on the activity of the mind, are caused by the person who perceives them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Informative

  • By L Incerpi on 04-04-16

Intriguing concept w/ easy-to-follow examples

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Reviewed: 07-22-18

The right balance of science and anecdotal stories with appropriate disclaimers and suggestions to have fun with it.

  • The Age of Em

  • Work, Love, and Life When Robots Rule the Earth
  • By: Robin Hanson
  • Narrated by: Michael Butler Murray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

Robots may one day rule the world, but what is a robot-ruled Earth like? Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations, or ems. Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human. Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times; an army of workers is at your disposal. When they can be made cheaply, within perhaps a century, ems will displace humans in most jobs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An analytical book suited as a reference book

  • By Ageel Alassif on 03-30-17

Beginning is engaging and worth the time.

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Reviewed: 07-12-18

Interesting thought experiment and I appreciated the author's careful consideration to justify the scenario he presented. I found the content slightly repetitive, or too "in-the-weeds," at times which lead to a longer duration that caused me to lose interest during the latter two-thirds of the book.