- Tapa dura: 256 páginas
- Editor: Portfolio Penguin (3 de enero de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1591844924
- ISBN-13: 978-1591844921
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Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World (Inglés) Tapa dura – 3 ene 2013
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[Steiner] excels in bringing a dry subject to life. "Financial Times""As readers follow Steiner in his whirlwind tour of algorithm applications, they will marvel at the versatility of a mathematical tool understood only by a small circle of experts. Readers peer over the experts shoulders long enough to trace the decision-tree logic of an individual algorithm and to follow the cascading dynamics of the linked algorithms that drive the bots now handling everything from putting astronauts into space to matching compatible personalities venturing into the dating scene . An accessible foray into computer programming that has become a hidden but pervasive presence." Bryce Christensen, "Booklist" Algorithms are affecting every field of human endeavor, from markets to medicine, poker to pop music. Read this book if you want to understand the most powerful force shaping the world today and tomorrow. Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist, MIT; coauthor of "Race Against the Machine" Christopher Steiner knows how to find terrific stories and tell them well. He has written a lively narrative with humans at its center. To be sure, its subject is important, but the book is also fun. Randall Stross, author of "Planet Google" and "The Launch Pad""
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"The rousing story of the last gasp of human agency and how today s best and brightest minds are endeavoring to put an end to it."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. In this fascinating, frightening book, Christopher Steiner tells the story of how algorithms took over and shows why the bot revolution is about to spill into every aspect of our lives, often silently, without our knowledge. The May 2010 Flash Crash exposed Wall Street s reliance on trading bots to the tune of a 998-point market drop and $1 trillion in vanished market value. But that was just the beginning. In "Automate This," we meet bots that are driving cars, penning haiku, and writing music mistaken for Bach s. They listen in on our customer service calls and figure out what Iran would do in the event of a nuclear standoff. There are algorithms that can pick out the most cohesive crew of astronauts for a space mission or identify the next Jeremy Lin. Some can even ingest statistics from baseball games and spit out pitch-perfect sports journalism indistinguishable from that produced by humans. The interaction of man and machine can make our lives easier. But what will the world look like when algorithms control our hospitals, our roads, our culture, and our national security? What happens to businesses when we automate judgment and eliminate human instinct? And what role will be left for doctors, lawyers, writers, truck drivers, and many others?Who knows maybe there s a bot learning to do your job this minute."Ver Descripción del producto
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It's also highly offensive that he wrote a 200 page fluffy text on the vast subject of machine learning and put icing on the cake by peppering it with advertisements for companies that he's affiliated with. At the start of chapter 2 he says "all one needs to do is head to Y Combinator's Hackers News message board, which has grown into one of the more infuential Web sites in the world". Not only is this completely false, he received a grant from Y Combinator for his start up, which we know because he included similarly transparent advertisements earlier in the book. Are you kidding me?
It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that someone who wrote a book called "$20/gal..." is more interesting in attracting attention than conveying information. But skip this one. There's no reason to encourage authors to write cash-grab drivel like this.
Automate This is about the stories and business applications of machine learning. It’s a pleasant reading for both people in the field and others. Practitioners will find interesting applications of machine learning, although without any technical details. People outside of the field will get a feeling of what can be done with data mining algorithms.
Out of the second chapter, about the history of man and algorithms, I found the book really enjoying. Steiner’s book is also telling the story of Quants moving from the finance industry to the Silicon Valley. In summary, Automate This is an excellent book about machine learning, without mentioning it (the author uses the word “automated” for machine learning). Highly advised to anyone interested in knowing how machine learning is changing our world.
The author, lacking a more meaningful approach to this subject matter, decided to dramatize it as if to catch our attention. Duly noted, and poorly received.