Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule…

Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World (edition 2012)

by Christopher Steiner

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
139586,313 (3.78)1
Title:Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World
Authors:Christopher Steiner
Info:Portfolio Hardcover (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:business, math, science, science on the edge, cultural studies, economics, radical ideas, history

Work details

Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World by Christopher Steiner



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 1 mention

Showing 5 of 5
I find it hard not to like any decently written book about algorithms, computer science and number crunching. This is a good one. Entertaining, informative and it makes me want to code. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
In one respect packed with knowledge, the book is also an engaging story. Steiner follows the evolution of algorithms, and through this pursuit explores wall street, the music industry, silicon valley, and everything in between. The narrative format of the work kept me engaged, but did not subtract from the factual base of the book. ( )
  Muir_Alex | Mar 1, 2015 |
This is an enjoyable read about algorithms. (Pause to allow that sentence to settle.) Another Goodreds reviewer wrote that it is "more an extended magazine article than a book" and I think that captures the style and weight of the piece perfectly.

It's a light read that doesn't really get into what an algorithm is, but it does chart the impact of bots or automated decision trees on a number of industries. It is almost exclusively composed of hype, but it is a palatable kind of hype that is easy to digest. As long as this book is accompanied by a more technical documents to support it, it can be informative. Without an introduction to coding, or other hands-on work with algorithm creation, however, it is a mostly empty fluff piece. ( )
  nnschiller | Sep 18, 2014 |
I was not engaged by, nor did I enjoy, this book. I was hoping for more war stories by pioneers in finance, medicine, and science. Instead I found a non-technical text whose point would have been better made in a long magazine article than in book-length form. ( )
  sci901 | Mar 30, 2014 |
Betrays its origins as a business book: the best bit was the anecdotal, teadable account of the beginnings of automated trading on Wall Street. it's a little choppy and patchy, also completely skips over the math of the algorithms it talks about. Still, I read it with great interest and definitely found areas for further reading and research. ( )
  Katong | Aug 10, 2013 |
Showing 5 of 5
... the book spends the vast majority of its time on Wall Street’s algorithm obsession, while mostly providing eye-candy examples elsewhere that are then turned into horrific harbingers of mass unemployment. Steiner’s book could have used a true main character, and it should have given the algorithms the complexity and nuance they deserve.
The real question isn't whether to live with algorithms—the Sumerians got that much right—but how to live with them. As Vonnegut understood over a half-century ago, an uncritical embrace of automation, for all the efficiency that it offers, is just a prelude to dystopia.
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
On a day in early 1987, a man who worked for the Nasdaq stock market -- let's call him Jones -- showed up in the lobby of the World Trade Center.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (4)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

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? 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 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.--From publisher description.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
19 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.78)
1 2
2.5 2
3 10
3.5 2
4 13
5 11

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,175,158 books! | Top bar: Always visible