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Bitwise : a life in code / David Auerbach.

Author/Creator:
Auerbach, David (David B.), author.
Publication:
New York : Pantheon Books, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
ix, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Other Title:
Title on dust jacket : B1tw1se : a l1fe 1n c0de
Subjects:
Auerbach, David (David B.) -- Philosophy.
Computer science -- Philosophy.
Computer science -- Social aspects.
Computer scientists -- United States -- Biography.
Computer scientists.
Philosophy.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
Autobiographies.
Nonfiction.
Summary:
"An exhilarating, elegant memoir and a significant polemic on how computers and algorithms shape our understanding of the world and of who we are. Bitwise is a wondrous ode to the computer languages and codes that captured technologist David Auerbach's imagination. With a philosopher's sense of inquiry, 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 education as an engineer, and his contributions to instant messaging technology developed for Microsoft and the servers powering Google's data stores. A lifelong student of the systems that shape our lives--from the psychiatric taxonomy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to how Facebook tracks and profiles its users--Auerbach reflects on how he has experienced the algorithms that taxonomize human speech, knowledge, and behavior and that compel us to do the same. Into this exquisitely crafted, wide-ranging memoir of a life spent with code, Auerbach has woven an eye-opening and searing examination of the inescapable ways in which algorithms have both standardized and coarsened our lives. As we engineer ever more intricate technology to translate our experiences and narrow the gap that divides us from the machine, Auerbach argues, we willingly erase our nuances and our idiosyncrasies--precisely the things that make us human."--Dust jacket.
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.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-278) and index.
ISBN:
9781101871294
1101871296
9781101871300
OCLC:
994517802