Algorithms to Live By

Book by Brian Christian

Brian Christian Researcher, MIT

A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our daily lives, helping to solve common decision problems and shedding light on the workings of the human mind.

Our whole life is limited by limited space and time, limitations that give rise to a certain set of problems. What should we do or leave unfinished every other day or all our lives? How much mess should we take? What is the most beneficial balance of new activities and your favorite activities? This may seem like a purely human embarrassment, but it is not: computers also face the same limitations, which is why computer scientists have tried to solve their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they found can teach us a lot.

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

In a dazzling, interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian (with a degree in Computer Science, Philosophy, and Poetry, and works at the crossroads of all three) and Tom Griffiths (Professor of Cognitive Science and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley) show how simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also unravel very human questions. They explain how to have a better gut feeling and when to leave things to chance, how to handle overwhelming choices, and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking space, from organizing your inbox to understanding how human memory works, Algorithms for Life transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human life.

Application of the principles of computer problem solving algorithms to human thought processes. Some very powerful and useful ideas. Others, maybe not that much. But hey, if you can find even one (and many more are available) insight that will help you make better decisions and improve the rest of your life, the money and time spent on this book is cheap.
Explore / Leverage immediately comes to mind. Like, you're moving to a new city. So how and when do you decide whether to try a new place or go back to a place you know you like? Good question. This book has this answer. And many others. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy the consequences.

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Oh! And it also provides interesting insights into computer technology and artificial intelligence algorithms, in case you might be interested in those things.