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The Numerati

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by Stephen Baker
 

ISBN-10: 0618784608

ISBN-13: 9780618784608

Pub. Date: 08/12/2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


"Steve Baker puts his finger on perhaps the most important cultural trend today: the explosion of data about every aspect of our world and the rise of applied math gurus who know how to use it." --Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine (Wired Magazine )

An urgent look at how a global math elite is predicting and altering our behavior -- at work,

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"Steve Baker puts his finger on perhaps the most important cultural trend today: the explosion of data about every aspect of our world and the rise of applied math gurus who know how to use it." --Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine (Wired Magazine )

An urgent look at how a global math elite is predicting and altering our behavior -- at work, at the mall, and in bed

Every day we produce loads of data about ourselves simply by living in the modern world: we click web pages, flip channels, drive through automatic toll booths, shop with credit cards, and make cell phone calls. Now, in one of the greatest undertakings of the twenty-first century, a savvy group of mathematicians and computer scientists is beginning to sift through this data to dissect us and map out our next steps. Their goal? To manipulate our behavior -- what we buy, how we vote -- without our even realizing it.

In this tour de force of original reporting and analysis, journalist Stephen Baker provides us with a fascinating guide to the world we're all entering -- and to the people controlling that world. The Numerati have infiltrated every realm of human affairs, profiling us as workers, shoppers, patients, voters, potential terrorists -- and lovers. The implications are vast. Our privacy evaporates. Our bosses can monitor and measure our every move (then reward or punish us). Politicians can find the swing voters among us, by plunking us all into new political groupings with names like "Hearth Keepers" and "Crossing Guards." It can sound scary. But the Numerati can also work on our behalf, diagnosing an illness before we're aware of the symptoms, or even helping us find our soul mate. Surprising, enlightening, and deeply relevant, The Numerati shows how a powerful new endeavor -- the mathematical modeling of humanity -- will transform every aspect of our lives.

STEPHEN BAKER has written for BusinessWeek for over twenty years, covering Mexico and Latin America, the Rust Belt, European technology, and a host of other topics, including blogs, math, and nanotechnology. But he's always considered himself a foreign correspondent. This, he says, was especially useful as he met the Numerati. "While I came from the world of words, they inhabited the symbolic realms of math and computer science. This was foreign to me. My reporting became an anthropological mission." Baker has written for many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He won an Overseas Press Club Award for his portrait of the rising Mexican auto industry. He is the coauthor of blogspotting.net, featured by the New York Times as one of fifty blogs to watch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618784608
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/12/2008
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

1. Worker 17 2. Shopper 41 3. Voter 67 4. Blogger 96 5. Terrorist 123 6. Patient 154 7. Lover 182

Conclusion 201

Acknowledgments 219 Notes 221 Sources and Further Reading 231 Index 233

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The Numerati 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
preetipisces More than 1 year ago
This book is a great crash course on numbers/data and their application. The book is very well written and organized into almost stand-alone chapters. Baker makes understanding our digital footprint very easy and it is incredible to find out how much data there is out there to harvest and harness. I think anyone with any digital interest should read this book. How come I am the first reviewer??
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