How to Stay Smart in a Smart World by Gerd Gigerenzer audiobook

How to Stay Smart in a Smart World: Why Human Intelligence Still Beats Algorithms

By Gerd Gigerenzer
Read by Joel Richards

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10.15 Hours 1
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Doomsday prophets of technology predict that robots will take over the world, leaving humans behind in the dust. Tech industry boosters think replacing people with software might make the world a better place—while tech industry critics warn darkly about surveillance capitalism. Despite their differing views of the future, they all agree: machines will soon do everything better than humans. How to Stay Smart in a Smart World shows why that's not true, and tells us how we can stay in charge in a world populated by algorithms. Machines powered by artificial intelligence are good at some things (playing chess), but not others (life-and-death decisions, or anything involving uncertainty). Gerd Gigerenzer explains why algorithms often fail at finding us romantic partners (love is not chess), why self-driving cars fall prey to the Russian Tank Fallacy, and how judges and police rely increasingly on nontransparent "black box" algorithms to predict whether a criminal defendant will reoffend or show up in court. He invokes Black Mirror, considers the privacy paradox (people want privacy, but give their data away), and explains that social media get us hooked by programming intermittent reinforcement in the form of the "like" button. We shouldn't trust smart technology unconditionally, Gigerenzer tells us, but we shouldn't fear it unthinkingly, either.

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Doomsday prophets of technology predict that robots will take over the world, leaving humans behind in the dust. Tech industry boosters think replacing people with software might make the world a better place—while tech industry critics warn darkly about surveillance capitalism. Despite their differing views of the future, they all agree: machines will soon do everything better than humans. How to Stay Smart in a Smart World shows why that's not true, and tells us how we can stay in charge in a world populated by algorithms.

Machines powered by artificial intelligence are good at some things (playing chess), but not others (life-and-death decisions, or anything involving uncertainty). Gerd Gigerenzer explains why algorithms often fail at finding us romantic partners (love is not chess), why self-driving cars fall prey to the Russian Tank Fallacy, and how judges and police rely increasingly on nontransparent "black box" algorithms to predict whether a criminal defendant will reoffend or show up in court. He invokes Black Mirror, considers the privacy paradox (people want privacy, but give their data away), and explains that social media get us hooked by programming intermittent reinforcement in the form of the "like" button. We shouldn't trust smart technology unconditionally, Gigerenzer tells us, but we shouldn't fear it unthinkingly, either.

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Author Bio: Gerd Gigerenzer

Author Bio: Gerd Gigerenzer

Gerd Gigerenzer, a former professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, is the director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. He is the author of Calculated Risks: How to Know When Numbers Deceive You, the German translation of which won the 2002 Scientific Book of the Year Prize, and coauthor of Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart and Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Runtime: 10.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English