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Anand Balasubramanian

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  • Predictably Irrational

  • The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? The answers will surprise you. Predictably Irrational is an intriguing, witty and utterly original look at why we all make illogical decisions. Why can a 50p aspirin do what a 5p aspirin can't? If an item is free, it must be a bargain, right? Why is everything relative, even when it shouldn't be? How do our expectations influence our actual opinions and decisions? In this astounding audiobook, behavioural economist Dan Ariely cuts to the heart of our strange behavior....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy takeaways

  • By Paul Davies on 24-04-2019

Engaging read!

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Reviewed: 07-03-2019

some very interesting insights into human behavior and goes a long way to explain some of the irrational decisions we commonly make. good read, worth the time

  • The Second Machine Age

  • Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
  • By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
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    4 out of 5 stars 41

In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies — with hardware, software, and networks at their core — will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can, apply enormous data sets to transform retailing, and accomplish many tasks once considered uniquely human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding

  • By Michael on 29-04-2019

Great read, but lacked the wow factor

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Reviewed: 18-09-2018

The book is a great introduction to the future of work and how AI is shaping many aspects of work and life. good narration and easy to follow structure make it an enjoyable read/listen overall.
however, I didn't get the wow factor I was hoping for. To be fair, that's the challenge with technology. what was amazing a few years ago such as driverless cars and machine learning are topics that are increasingly familiar to most. so, I wouldn't hold that against the book, there are many well researched topics and views that make it a worthwhile read