Algorithms to Live By looks at the simple, precise algorithms that computers use to solve the complex 'human' problems that we face, and discovers what they can tell us about the nature and origin of the mind. In this dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show us how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. Modern life is constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? The authors 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 understanding the workings of human memory, ‘Algorithms To Live By' is full of practical takeaways to help you solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind.
Praise for 'The Most Human Human' by Brian Christian: 'Fast-paced, witty, and thoroughly winning ... Investigates the nature of human interactions, the meaning of language, and the essence of what sets us apart from machines ... Fabulous' Publishers Weekly 'Fascinating' Jon Stewart 'Remarkable ... a philosophical joyride ... of such wit and originality' The Times 'Entertaining and informative' Economist 'Lively and thought-stirring ... an invaluable sourcebook on computing in modern-day life' New Statesman 'Incredibly engrossing' The Onion A.V. Club 'Engaging and thought-provoking ... A background in computer science, philosophy and poetry serves Christian well. His prose is cogent and quick, heartfelt and thoughtful' Science News 'A fascinating exploration of what it means to be human. This book will surely change the way readers think about their conversations' Booklist
Brian Christian is the bestselling author of The Most Human Human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker favorite book of 2011. His writing has appeared in Wired, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal , and The Paris Review, among others. Brian has been a featured guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Charlie Rose Show, NPR's Radiolab, and the BBC, and has lectured at Google, Microsoft, SETI, the Santa Fe Institute, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and the London School of Economics. Tom Griffiths s an Associate Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published over 150 scientific papers on a wide range of topics, including machine learning and cultural evolution in addition to cognitive psychology, and he has received numerous early career awards, including those from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the American Psychological Association.