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Algorithms: Discover the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Used to Solve Everyday Human Problems, Optimize Habits, Learn Anything, and Organize Your Life

Narrated by: Peter Prova
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Today, many decisions that could be made by human beings, from predicting earthquakes to interpreting languages, can now be made by computer algorithms with advanced analytic capabilities.

Every day we make millions of decisions, from selecting a life partner, to organizing your closet, to scheduling your life, to having a conversation. However, these decisions may be imperfect due to limited experience, implicit biases, or faulty probabilistic reasoning.

Algorithms can better predict human behavior than trained psychologists and with much simpler criteria. Studies continue to show that the algorithms can do a better job than experts in a range of fields.

Artificial intelligence is reshaping health care, science, engineering, and life. The results will make our lives more productive, better organized, and essentially much happier.

Everywhere you look, artificial intelligence is beginning to permeate all types of industries, and expectations are that it will continue to grow in the future.

Imagine the possibilities: 

  • More accurate medical diagnoses.
  • Better military strategies that could save lives.
  • Detect abnormal genes in an unborn child.
  • Predict changes in weather and earthquake.
  • Safer self-driving cars that have learned your personal preferences.
  • Analyze DNA samples and identify potential medical risks.
  • Smart homes that will anticipate your every needs.
  • Predicting where cyber hackers and online threats may occur.

Now, you might look at this title and shy away, thinking that a book with "algorithms" in its title must be just for techies and computer scientists. However, this book is very accessible to those with no background in computer science.

In fact it is a must-listen for anyone interested in what our digital future looks like.

Join the future.

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Jumped in Too Early to the Technical Material

The premise and the promise of the book was exciting, but the book started with an overview of algorithms, but moved quickly into samples that seemed disparate and I couldn't quite keep up with the point of the story. I would have a better grasp if I had an eBook or print book to go to, but they seem unavailable. The book has a great cover and a great blurb, but the dive into the book is not as organized and does not flow as well as the outline promises. Add a narrator who has little inflection, and it makes for a listen that it not really suitable for the general public, someone would need to at least understand basic computer programming to identify variables, logic, and syntax and understand the seeming paradox that x = x + 1 has meaning for example. I would hope the authors might add a primer or a the kind of bootstrap program Allen wrote for the Altair to make sure the program he and Gates wrote would upload properly. Framing the introduction with vivid examples and stories that mirrored their blurb would go a long way in keeping the reader engaged.

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Made Algorithms Interesting!

To make the subject matter of Algorithms interesting for the beginner is a feet all on its own. I thought it was really good and gave me a better idea of basic concepts and what’s to come in the future.

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Good layman’s overview

Good book to provide foundation information regarding algorithms and their utilization in our increasingly technical world. There were a few noticeable editing errors (skipping, restarting sentences, etc.) and the narrator could have a little more personality, however I learned quite a bit and can say it was worth my time to listen.

**I received this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.**