As we engineer ever-more elaborate algorithms to translate our reports and slender the space that divides us from the computer, we willingly rub out our nuances and our idiosyncrasies—precisely that which makes us human. Bitwise is David Auerbach's considerate ode to the pc codes and languages that captured his mind's eye as a toddler, and a mirrored image of the way he is either skilled and written the algorithms that experience come to taxonomize human speech, wisdom, and behaviour, and that compel us to do an analogous.
With a philosopher's feel of inquiry and an engineer's eye, Auerbach recounts his youth spent drawing ferns with the programming language emblem at the Apple IIe, his adventures in early text-based games, his education as an engineer, and his contributions to instant-messaging expertise built for Microsoft and to software program equipped to sift via Google's info stores. His unsettling conclusion—that algorithms are standardizing and coarsening our personal lives—is inescapable.
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