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Coders : the making of a new tribe and the remaking of the world

Author: Clive Thompson
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Facebook's algorithms shaping the news. Self-driving cars roaming the streets. Revolution on Twitter and romance on Tinder. We live in a world constructed of code - and coders are the ones who built it for us. This is an anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today, computer programmers, in a book that interrogates who they are, how they think, what qualifies as greatness in their world,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thompson, Clive, 1968-
Coders.
New York : Penguin Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018056767
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clive Thompson
ISBN: 9780735220584 9780735220560 0735220565 0735220581
OCLC Number: 1076460563
Description: 436 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The software update that changed reality --
The four waves of coders --
Constant frustration and bursts of joy --
Among the INTJs --
The cult of efficiency --
10x, rock stars, and the myth of meritocracy --
The ENIAC girls vanish --
Hackers, crackers, and freedom fighters --
Cucumbers, Skynet, and rise of AI --
Scale, trolls, and big tech --
Blue-collar coding.
Responsibility: Clive Thompson.

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Facebook's algorithms shaping the news. Self-driving cars roaming the streets. Revolution on Twitter and romance on Tinder. We live in a world constructed of code - and coders are the ones who built it for us. This is an anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today, computer programmers, in a book that interrogates who they are, how they think, what qualifies as greatness in their world, and what should give us pause. They are the most quietly influential people on the planet, and this book shines a light on their culture. In pop culture and media, the people who create the code that rules our world are regularly portrayed in hackneyed, simplified terms, as ciphers in hoodies. The author goes far deeper, dramatizing the psychology of the invisible architects of the culture, exploring their passions and their values, as well as their messy history. In nuanced portraits, this book takes us close to some of the great programmers of our time, including the creators of Facebook's News Feed, Instagram, Google's cutting-edge AI, and more. Speaking to everyone from revered '10X' elites to neophytes, back-end engineers, and front-end designers, the author explores the distinctive psychology of this vocation - which combines a love of logic, an obsession with efficiency, the joy of puzzle-solving, and a superhuman tolerance for mind-bending frustration. The author also wrestles with the major controversies of our era, from the 'disruption' fetish of Silicon Valley to the struggle for inclusion by marginalized groups. This book unpacks the surprising history of the field, beginning with the first coders - brilliant and pioneering women, who, despite crafting some of the earliest personal computers and programming languages, were later written out of history. It also introduces modern crypto-hackers fighting for your privacy, AI engineers building eerie new forms of machine cognition, teenage girls losing sleep at 24/7 hackathons, and unemployed Kentucky coal-miners learning a new career. To better understand this world, the author argues, we need to understand code - and its consequences. -- Adapted from jacket.

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