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The Numerati by Stephen Baker
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Aug 13, 2009

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After getting a degree in Information Studies, some of Stephen Baker's ideas and explanations were basic. However, his basic premise that the mathematical modeling of human beings (whether it's for commercial, political, security, or relationship purposes) will shape our lives in the future. Mr. Baker does a good job of tempering the usual fear-mongering that comes with issues related to data-mining and probability-based predictions, explaining that, in fact, the Numerati still have a long way to go to make important, or even usable predictions in most fields of endeavor. Furthermore, the Numerati will need to take multi-disciplinary approaches to truly capture the human being - this will require both mathematical and fluffy Art History types.

As with most idea books, the text got repetitious/could have used some editing.

The reader did a fine job of it.

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