Bitwise : a life in code

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New York : Pantheon Books, [2018].
First edition.
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ix, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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New York : Pantheon Books, [2018].
First edition.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-278) and index.
An exhilarating crossover between memoir and argument demonstrating how computers and algorithms shape our understanding of the world and who we are. As we engineer ever-more intricate algorithms to translate our experiences and narrow the gap that divides us from the machine, we willingly rub out our nuances and our idiosyncrasies--precisely that which makes us human. Bitwise is David Auerbach's thoughtful ode to the computer codes and languages that captured his imagination as a child, and a reflection of how he's both experienced and written the algorithms that have come to taxonomize human speech, knowledge, and behavior--and compel us to do the same. With a philosopher's sense of inquiry and an engineer's eye, 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 schooling as an engineer, and his contributions to instant messaging technology developed for Microsoft and then to software built to sift through Google's data stores. His unsettling conclusion--that algorithms are standardizing and coarsening our own lives--is inescapable.--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Auerbach, D. B. (2018). Bitwise: a life in code (First edition.). Pantheon Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Auerbach, David B. 2018. Bitwise: A Life in Code. New York: Pantheon Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Auerbach, David B. Bitwise: A Life in Code New York: Pantheon Books, 2018.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Auerbach, David B. Bitwise: A Life in Code First edition., Pantheon Books, 2018.

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