Humans vs Computers

Humans vs Computers


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Humans vs Computers is a book about people caught between wrong assumptions and computer bugs. You'll read about humans who are invisible to computers, how a default password once caused a zombie apocalypse and why airlines sometimes give away free tickets. This is also a book on how to prevent, avoid and reduce the impact of such problems.

Our lives are increasingly tracked, monitored and categorised by software, driving a flood of information into the vast sea of big data. In this brave new world, humans can’t cope with information overload. Governments and companies alike rely on computers to automatically detect fraud, predict behaviour and enforce laws. Inflexible automatons, barely smarter than a fridge, now make life-changing decisions. Clever marketing tricks us into believing that phones, TV sets and even cars are somehow smart. Yet all those computer systems were created by people - people who are well-meaning but fallible and biased, clever but forgetful, and who have grand plans but are pressed for time. Digitising a piece of work doesn't mean there will be no mistakes, but instead guarantees that when mistakes happen, they'll run at a massive scale.

The next time you bang your head against a digital wall, the stories in this book will help you understand better what's going on and show you where to look for problems. If nothing else, when it seems as if you're under a black-magic spell, these stories will at least allow you to see the lighter side of the binary chaos.

For people involved in software delivery, this book will help you find more empathy for people suffering from our mistakes, and discover heuristics to use during analysis, development or testing to make your software less error prone.

About the author

Gojko Adzic is a partner at Neuri Consulting LLP, winner of the 2016 European Software Testing Outstanding Achievement Award, and the 2011 Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Award. Gojko's book Specification by Example won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012, and his blog won the UK Agile Award for the best online publication in 2010.

Gojko is a frequent keynote speaker at leading software development conferences and one of the authors of MindMup and Claudia.js. As a consultant, Gojko has helped companies around the world improve their software delivery, from some of the largest financial institutions to small innovative startups.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993088148
Publisher: Neuri Consulting LLP
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 834,021
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

6 Introduction

8 Artificial but not intelligence

11 Licence to VOID

15 Get out of jail free

21 -1 books

25 Pepsi 349

31 The haunted farm in the middle of America

43 The Kennedy sisters fraud

48 The surprising facts about our world

51 Hubert Blaine Wolfe+585, Sr


61 They

65 The four-letter N-word

69 Facebook Jamal Ibrahim


81 Leap year HICAPS

87 610,000 JPY

90 Algorithms as fast as food

93 Keep Calm and Go Bankrupt

97 The Making of a Fly

103 Panic aggregator

109 The MiDAS touch

115 Robo-debt

121 The Grand Rapids massacre

125 Police e-mail

129 Girls, alcohol, cocaine and whatever

134 Wild, wild tech

137 The Northumbrian coffee party

143 Rounding up the parliament

149 Unicode of Death

155 That ’70s iPhone

159 February 2038

169 Free money Saturday

173 Mr Test

179 Five blanks hit the target

183 The Inverse Monkey Rule

184 Personal names

187 Time

190 Numbers

192 Process automation

195 Addresses

198 Appendix: References and bibliography

220 Acknowledgments

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