Algorithms To Live By: The Computer Science Of Human Decisions by Brian ChristianAlgorithms To Live By: The Computer Science Of Human Decisions by Brian Christian

Algorithms To Live By: The Computer Science Of Human Decisions

byBrian Christian, Tom Griffiths

Hardcover | April 19, 2016

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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 and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths 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.

Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive, which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker favorite book of the year. Alongside Steven Pinker and Daniel Kahneman, he was shortlisted for the Best Book of Ideas Prize in the UK. Tom Griffiths is a professo...
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Title:Algorithms To Live By: The Computer Science Of Human DecisionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1627790365

ISBN - 13:9781627790369

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Optimizing your life! Great take on how some algorithms can help us optimize our decision making and tasks. Very insightful take on how we sometimes do not behave in optimal ways and how our intuition can deceive us.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the math behind our everyday decision making Smart and enlightening. Sometimes our intuitions have been trained to make us do mathematically-smart decisions, sometimes our intuitions lead us astray. The book goes through daily-life examples and explains the probabilities and math behind decision-making problems (which parking spot to take, when to pick a new or a well-known restaurant, ordering your papers/books, etc).
Date published: 2017-08-07