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Automate This: How Algorithms Took Over Our Markets, Our Jobs, and the World

How the rise of computerized decision-making impacts each facet of business and every day life

The bot takeover started with high frequency buying and selling on Wall Street, and from there it spread to all manners of high-level tasks—for e.g. diagnosing illnesses or deciphering legal documents. There isn’t any realm of human endeavor safe from algorithms that employ speed, precision and nuance.

In this fascinating audiobook, the author Chris Steiner tells the story of how algorithms took over and reveals why the “bot revolution” is about to spill into every facet of our lives. We meet bots which are driving vehicles, penning poems, and writing music mistaken for Bach’s. They listen in on customer support calls and work out what Iran would do in the event of a nuclear standoff. On Wall Street, pre-programmed algorithmic deals are executed by machines quicker than any human could—leaving human traders at a severe disadvantage.

However what will the world appear like when algorithms manage our roads, our hospitals, and our national security? Is a stock market controlled by high-velocity trading bots worth investing in? And what function will likely be left for writers, doctors, attorneys, truck drivers, and many others?

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