Algorithms to Live by : The Computer Science of Human Decisions

Description

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.

Details

Author(s)
Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
Format
Paperback | 368 pages
Dimensions
155 x 231 x 25mm | 386g
Publication date
04 Apr 2017
Publisher
Picador USA
Publication City/Country
New York
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Illustrations, unspecified
ISBN10
1250118360
ISBN13
9781250118363
Bestsellers rank
25,188