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    • Automate This

    • How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World
    • By: Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,382
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,188
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,183

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wide-ranging, non-technical

    • By Philo on 09-20-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • $20 Per Gallon

    • How the Rise in the Price of Gas Will Change Our Lives for the Better
    • By: Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated by: John Wolfe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives. Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By dm on 10-16-09

    Regular price: $17.09