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  • What Algorithms Want

  • Imagination in the Age of Computing
  • By: Ed Finn
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

We depend on - we believe in - algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It's as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations - the marriage vow, the shaman's curse - do not merely describe the world but make it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Missing the point

  • By Dobrica Decebal on 19-07-18

Missing the point

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-18

After listening to this I almost feel bad that someone used this really catchy and comprehensive title for a book like this, almost feel like someone went in my house when I was away and emptied it of all furniture.

This is not about what algorithms want, but about what the author and general public think about current day mechanism that are generally called algorithms.

The age of computing is and will be the age when we start paying for solutions to problems with a new currency. Currently we are paying and are used to pay with human hours, in this new age we'll introduce the currency of machine compute hours.

Ed Finn's story makes for a nice listening overall, combining fiction, perspective and reality.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing universal truths!

  • By Botty on 19-07-18

great plan to start controlling your financials

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-16

loved it. Although it is an old story it comes with great takeaways for getting ahead in finance.