Algorithms to Live By

The Computer Science of Human Decisions

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Publisher Description

An exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind.

What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of the new and familiar is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not. Computers, like us, confront limited space and time, so computer scientists have been grappling with similar problems for decades. And the solutions they’ve found have much to teach us.

In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths show how algorithms developed for computers also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one’s inbox to peering into the future, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2016
April 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co.
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
5.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Vocabuenius ,

Great Framework to Thinking Conceptually

This book offers a framework to thinking about the world in a new light, providing you a vocabulary for you to use when approached by life's problems and events. This book is an easy read for those with a CS background but to those who don't may be tougher but anyone will dramatically benefit.

mmassie ,

Favorite book of 2020

Often still referencing this book

Jason_Cal ,

Good start to learn about algorithms

Concise and interesting to read.

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