Automate This by Christopher Steiner

A look at one of the how algorithms have evolved and influence us today.

automatethisNow that I’ve joined the iPad crowd, it’s easier than ever for me to peruse books and buy what looks interesting. Kindle recommended Automate This: How Algorithms Took Over Our Markets, Our Jobs, and the World (affiliate link) by Christopher Steiner , so I decided to read the sample.

Immediately, I was hooked. I bought the book and breezed through it in a little over a day.

Steiner has a gift for storytelling and he certainly did his research. I was familiar with many of the concepts and companies discussed in the book. I knew about IBM’s Watson, evidence-based medicine, and high-frequency trading, so not all of the material was new to me. At the same time, though, I learned a great deal.

At the heart of many algorithms is the desire to make money–and Wall Street in particular. I also didn’t know that the same aversion to new trading technologies today existed in the 1960s. The more things change…

I can see why this book has done so well. My only regret is that I finished it. I want to see more from Steiner.


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