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Algorithms to Live By

By: Brian Christian,Tom Griffiths
Narrated by: Brian Christian
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A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they've found have much to teach us.

In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian (who holds degrees in computer science, philosophy, and poetry, and works at the intersection of all three) and Tom Griffiths (a UC Berkeley professor of cognitive science and psychology) show how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can 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 understanding the workings of human memory, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.

©2016 Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A unique and brilliant self help book

I found this one of the most brilliant and effective self help books I've ever come across. I would really rate it as a must-read for anybody with a scientific or technical bent who wants to better understand and use that most important of computers - your own brain.

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Not too good to read on Audible

A lot of the ideas requires me to pause and ponder. probably better with graphical aids.

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Great Book.

I'm going to listen to the whole book again. it's really worth it. It explores many paths of logic.

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A book to read at 25!

Loved this book. It was my first audible purchase. It Sometimes got quite complicated but mostly extremely relatable to real life. It's a book I wish I had read in my mid twenties to set me up for life in order to help me make the right decisions. For those that are evidence based, this really helps you justify a decision. Worth the purchase!

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best of its kind

Have read a lot of books in this genre and this was by far the best. Really well done, and suprisingly logical for a Christian.

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Perfect!

Great book and well narrated by the author. I lookes forward to my commute each day because I have this audio book to listen to!

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This was nerd heaven

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Good book with interesting insights

some chapters in the middle get too technical, beyond what would be required in my opinion. but overall it excels at showing how related computers and human behavior is, and how understanding the former can assist in the latter.

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Enjoyed the parallels between humans and computers

I really enjoyed the parallels between humans thinking and heuristics and computer algorithms. Curious to know if non-technical people could follow along with the various examples 🤔

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A great intro to problem solving algorithms

This book provides non-tech folks with a view of problem-solving through the lens of the computer programs that help us navigate our lives. The task prioritisation chapter is particularly helpful.

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