Bitwise: A Life in Code

Bitwise: A Life in Code

by David Auerbach

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101871294
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 278,576
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DAVID AUERBACH is a writer and software engineer who has worked for Google and Microsoft. His writing has ap­peared in The Times Literary Supplement, MIT Technology Review, The Nation, The Daily Beast, n+1, and Bookforum, among many other publications. He has lectured around the world on technology, literature, philosophy, and stupidity. He lives in New York City.

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 INTRODUCTION
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
 
PART I
 
1. LOGO AND LOVE 9
The Turtle 9
The Assembly 17
The Split 26
The Join 33
The Work 42
 
2. CHAT WARS 44
Interop 44
Microsoft Agonistes 48
Code Work 53
The Buffer Overflow 56
 
3. BINARIES 63
Praxis and Theory 63
Truthtellers and Liars 65
1s and 0s 68
On and Off 71
True and False 74
 
INTERLUDE: FOREIGN TONGUES 80
 
PART II
 
4. NAMING OF PARTS 89
Labels 89
Male and Female 93
Masterminds and Crackpots 99
Bitwise and Byte Foolish 109
 
5. SELF-APPROXIMATIONS 113
The Big Five (or Six) 113
Diagnostics and Statistics 117
Machine Psychiatry 130
 
6. GAMES COMPUTERS PLAY 136
Dungeons and Dice 136
Deterrence and Détente 148
The Quantified Dwarf 151
 
INTERLUDE: ADVENTURES WITH TEXT 160
 
PART III
 
7. BIG DATA 177
From the Client to the Cloud 177
Hangman 184
The Library of Babylon 186
Descent from the Sky 192
 
8. PROGRAMMING MY CHILD 199
Initial Conditions 199
Received Ignorance 206
The Child as Network 209
Machine and Child Learning 214
 
9. BIG HUMAN 223
The Vacuum Cleaner 223
Profiles 229
Bad Labels 236
The Social Graph 243
The Presentation of Self in Internet Life 247
 
Epilogue: The Reduction of Language, the Flattening of Life 257
 
Acknowledgments 261
Notes 263
Further Reading 269
Works Cited 271
Index 279

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Anonymous 7 days ago
I was very disappointed with this book. I expected the author to talk about his time with Microsoft and Google. The main thrust of this book is the author's opinion on how people are categorized by psychiatrists through the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual versions I through V, personality typing systems such as Myers-Briggs, HEXACO, OCEAN, etc, online companies, and online social media. There is one bright spot in this book were the author points out that a computer does not know what something like , yes/no actually means and therefore a computer can not become sentient.