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The Resource What algorithms want : imagination in the age of computing, Ed Finn

What algorithms want : imagination in the age of computing, Ed Finn

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What algorithms want : imagination in the age of computing
Title
What algorithms want
Title remainder
imagination in the age of computing
Statement of responsibility
Ed Finn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In this book, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm--in practical terms, "a method for solving a problem"--has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking. Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash to Diderot's Encyclopédie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost's satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google's goal of anticipating our questions, Uber's cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things. If we want to understand the gap between abstraction and messy reality, Finn argues, we need to build a model of "algorithmic reading" and scholarship that attends to process, spearheading a new experimental humanities.--
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Finn, Ed
Dewey number
519.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Information technology
  • Computers
  • Algorithms
Label
What algorithms want : imagination in the age of computing, Ed Finn
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 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 -- Notes -- Figure credits -- Works cited -- Index
Control code
ocn958795990
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 257 pages
Isbn
9780262035927
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958795990
Label
What algorithms want : imagination in the age of computing, Ed Finn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 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 -- Notes -- Figure credits -- Works cited -- Index
Control code
ocn958795990
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 257 pages
Isbn
9780262035927
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)958795990

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