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What algorithms want : imagination in the age of computing

Auteur : Ed Finn
Éditeur: Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, [2017]
Édition/format:   Livre imprimé : AnglaisVoir toutes les éditions et tous les formats
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We depend on--we believe in--algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It's as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations--the marriage vow, the shaman's curse--do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is  Lire la suite...
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Type de document: Livre
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs: Ed Finn
ISBN: 9780262035927 0262035928 9780262536042 0262536048
Numéro OCLC: 958795990
Description: viii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contenu: What is an algorithm? --
Building the Star Trek computer --
House of Cards : the aesthetics of abstraction --
Coding Cow Clicker : the work of algorithms --
Counting bitcoin --
Coda: The algorithmic imagination.
Autres titres: Imagination in the age of computing
Responsabilité: Ed Finn.
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The gap between theoretical ideas and messy reality, as seen in Neal Stephenson, Adam Smith, and Star Trek.  Lire la suite...

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- Ed Finn's What Algorithms Want shows us just how powerful computer programs and their helpers actually are, and the book needs no recourse to science fiction.-Los Angeles Review of Books

 
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