Algorithms to Live by: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

By Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths

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.



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Praise for "The Most Human Human" "Absorbing...Christian covers a great deal of ground with admirable clarity but with a lightness of touch...He also has a real knack for summing up key ideas by applying them to real-life situations." --"The Wall Street Journal"



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Publisher Picador USA
Publish date 04/04/2017
Pages 368
ISBN-13 9781250118363
ISBN-10 1250118360
Language English

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