Automate this : how algorithms came to rule our world

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Christopher Steiner
Automate this : how algorithms came to rule our world
Every day more and more aspects of our modern lives are assisted or guided by computer-made decisions.  Decisions that used to take humans hours, days, or years to study and interpret are now figured out by a computer algorithm in micro-seconds.  The highly competitive financial markets were the leaders in using automation to make fast choices about buying and selling, and the science has filtered down into speech recognition patterns, medical diagnosis, musical composition, customer service, and much more.  The book is an eye-opener on the subject.  For better or worse, the bots are here to stay.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [sound recording CD]

From  Jackie Cantwell
Author:  John Berendt
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil  [sound recording CD]
This is the first time I’ve listened to a book on CD, and I’m impressed! I read the book and I saw the movie, and couldn’t get enough of this story. The narrator is Jeff Woodman and he has a mellifluous voice that carries you back to Savannah. At first, I was curious how Mr. Woodman would handle the women characters in the narrative. But he did fine renditions of the Lady Chablis, Minerva, Mrs. Williams, etc. and captured their accents beautifully. This is a nonfiction account of Mr. Berendt’s time in Savannah, with a cast of unbelievable real-life characters, including Jim Williams, a well-to-do antiques dealer. It is funny, suspenseful and engrossing, and before you know it, you will go through all 13 discs of this unabridged version.