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Author Auerbach, David (David B.), author.

Title Bitwise : a life in code / David Auerbach.

Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Auerbach,D AUE    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description ix, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary An exhilarating crossover between memoir and argument demonstrating how computers and algorithms shape our understanding of the world and who we are. As we engineer ever-more intricate algorithms to translate our experiences and narrow the gap that divides us from the machine, we willingly rub out our nuances and our idiosyncrasies--precisely that which makes us human. Bitwise is David Auerbach's thoughtful ode to the computer codes and languages that captured his imagination as a child, and a reflection of how he's both experienced and written the algorithms that have come to taxonomize human speech, knowledge, and behavior--and compel us to do the same. With a philosopher's sense of inquiry and an engineer's eye, Auerbach recounts his childhood spent drawing ferns with the programming language Logo on the Apple IIe, his adventures in early text-based video games, his schooling as an engineer, and his contributions to instant messaging technology developed for Microsoft and then to software built to sift through Google's data stores. His unsettling conclusion--that algorithms are standardizing and coarsening our own lives--is inescapable."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-278) and index.
Contents Logo and love -- Chat wars -- Binaries -- Interlude: Foreign tongues -- Naming of parts -- Self-approximations -- Games computers play -- Interlude: Adventures with text -- Big data -- Programming my child -- Big human -- Epilogue: The reduction of language, the flattening of life.
Subject Auerbach, David (David B.) -- Philosophy.
Computer science -- Philosophy.
Computer science -- Social aspects.
Computer scientists -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Note Title on dust jacket : B1tw1se : a l1fe 1n c0de
ISBN 9781101871294 (hard cover ; alk. paper)

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