Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World. It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being. High-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. The reach of these “bots” now extends beyond what their creators ever expected.
Martin Seligman conducted the foundational learned helplessness experiments. This is an excellent review of the psychological and sociological research into what actually makes us happy. What does all the empirical research have to say on this most metaphysical of questions?
Must read. Steven D. Levitt is an economist with a difference — he uses an empirical approach! (as in real data). He studies the riddles of everyday life — from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing — and his conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head.
You may have noticed that we are awash in data. Yale professor Ayres argues in this lively book that the recent creation of these humongous datasets allows people to make previously impossible predictions.
Engaging applications to motivate readers from diverse majors and backgrounds. Draws from the author’s unique background in art, psychology, and math to present math in the context of real-world applications.