Automate This

How Algorithms Took Over Our Markets, Our Jobs, and the World

Automate This

The rousing story of the last gasp of human agency and how today’s best and brightest minds are endeavoring to put an end to it. It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills—and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These “bots” started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected. In this fascinating, frightening book, Christopher Steiner tells the story of how algorithms took over—and shows why the “bot revolution” is about to spill into every aspect of our lives, often silently, without our knowledge. The May 2010 “Flash Crash” exposed Wall Street’s reliance on trading bots to the tune of a 998-point market drop and $1 trillion in vanished market value. But that was just the beginning. In Automate This, we meet bots that are driving cars, penning haiku, and writing music mistaken for Bach’s. They listen in on our customer service calls and figure out what Iran would do in the event of a nuclear standoff. There are algorithms that can pick out the most cohesive crew of astronauts for a space mission or identify the next Jeremy Lin. Some can even ingest statistics from baseball games and spit out pitch-perfect sports journalism indistinguishable from that produced by humans. The interaction of man and machine can make our lives easier. But what will the world look like when algorithms control our hospitals, our roads, our culture, and our national security? What hap­pens to businesses when we automate judgment and eliminate human instinct? And what role will be left for doctors, lawyers, writers, truck drivers, and many others? Who knows—maybe there’s a bot learning to do your job this minute.

Automated Software Testing

Introduction, Management, and Performance

Automated Software Testing

This title is the first complete guide to choosing, deploying, and managing these systems throughout the entire testing lifecycle. Discover what automated testing systems can and cannot do, how to approach the decision about whether to automate, and how to select the best tools. Learn how to document and track defects, integrate with other software engineering tools, evaluate progress, and much more.

BUSINESS PROCESS AUTOMATION

BUSINESS PROCESS AUTOMATION

This book discusses the major trends in Business Process Automation (BPA) and explains how BPA technologies and tools are applied in practice. It introduces the students to the concepts of BPA and describes the need for automation in business process management. The book illustrates live examples of different functions of an enterprise where automation has been successfully implemented to reap business benefits. It elaborates the applications of BPA in various sectors such as HR and payroll, marketing, e-governance, knowledge management and banking. The text also discusses in detail the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) as a change agent for designing and implementing automation initiatives. Return-on-Investment (ROI) calculations have been shown as a business case for automating business processes. Evaluation criteria for deciding which software package to be implemented have been thoroughly explained. Key Features : Provides case studies at the end of all chapters to help the students for easy understanding of the concepts discussed. Includes chapter-end questions to test students’ comprehension of the subject. Presents a glossary of technical terms. The book is designed for the postgraduate students of management. It would be useful for the professionals and practitioners for implementation of process automation in organizations as well.

Internet Programming with Visual Basic

Internet Programming with Visual Basic

This book covers what Visual Basic developers need to know in order to combine Visual Basic with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS). Veteran author Budi Kurniawan shows developers everything they need to know to successfully design and implement a Web application without over-simplifying the process or leaving out a single step. He provides a thorough treatment of Webclasses, which, though poorly documented elsewhere, are the key to connecting VB and IIS, while teaching developers how to build a successful VB based IIS application from start to finish.

Systematic Software Testing

Systematic Software Testing

Gain an in-depth understanding of software testing management and process issues that are critical for delivering high-quality software on time and within budget. Written by leading experts in the field, this book offers those involved in building and maintaining complex, mission-critical software systems a flexible, risk-based process to improve their software testing capabilities. Whether your organization currently has a well-defined testing process or almost no process, Systematic Software Testing provides unique insights into better ways to test your software.This book describes how to use a preventive method of testing, which parallels the software development lifecycle, and explains how to create and subsequently use test plans, test design, and test metrics. Detailed instructions are presented to help you decide what to test, how to prioritize tests, and when testing is complete. Learn how to conduct risk analysis and measure test effectiveness to maximize the efficiency of your testing efforts. Because organizational structure, the right people, and management are keys to better software testing, Systematic Software Testing explains these issues with the insight of the authorsOCO more than 25 years of experience."

Algorithms and Computation

9th International Symposium, ISAAC'98, Taejon, Korea, December 14-16, 1998, Proceedings

Algorithms and Computation

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation, ISAAC'98, held in Taejon, Korea, in December 1998. The 47 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 102 submissions. The book is divided in topical sections on computational geometry, complexity, graph drawing, online algorithms and scheduling, CAD/CAM and graphics, graph algorithms, randomized algorithms, combinatorial problems, computational biology, approximation algorithms, and parallel and distributed algorithms.

Zabbix Network Monitoring Essentials

Zabbix Network Monitoring Essentials

If you are an experienced network administrator looking for a comprehensive monitoring solution that will keep a watchful eye on networks, then this book is for you.

Automated Manufacturing

A Symposium

Automated Manufacturing


Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics - E-Book

Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics - E-Book

As the definitive reference for clinical chemistry, Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 5th Edition offers the most current and authoritative guidance on selecting, performing, and evaluating results of new and established laboratory tests. Up-to-date encyclopedic coverage details everything you need to know, including: analytical criteria for the medical usefulness of laboratory procedures; new approaches for establishing reference ranges; variables that affect tests and results; the impact of modern analytical tools on lab management and costs; and applications of statistical methods. In addition to updated content throughout, this two-color edition also features a new chapter on hemostasis and the latest advances in molecular diagnostics. Section on Molecular Diagnostics and Genetics contains nine expanded chapters that focus on emerging issues and techniques, written by experts in field, including Y.M. Dennis Lo, Rossa W.K. Chiu, Carl Wittwer, Noriko Kusukawa, Cindy Vnencak-Jones, Thomas Williams, Victor Weedn, Malek Kamoun, Howard Baum, Angela Caliendo, Aaron Bossler, Gwendolyn McMillin, and Kojo S.J. Elenitoba-Johnson. Highly-respected author team includes three editors who are well known in the clinical chemistry world. Reference values in the appendix give you one location for comparing and evaluating test results. NEW! Two-color design throughout highlights important features, illustrations, and content for a quick reference. NEW! Chapter on hemostasis provides you with all the information you need to accurately conduct this type of clinical testing. NEW! Six associate editors, Ann Gronowski, W. Greg Miller, Michael Oellerich, Francois Rousseau, Mitchell Scott, and Karl Voelkerding, lend even more expertise and insight to the reference. NEW! Reorganized chapters ensure that only the most current information is included.

Automated Data Collection with R

A Practical Guide to Web Scraping and Text Mining

Automated Data Collection with R

A hands on guide to web scraping and text mining for bothbeginners and experienced users of R Introduces fundamental concepts of the main architecture of theweb and databases and covers HTTP, HTML, XML, JSON, SQL. Provides basic techniques to query web documents and data sets(XPath and regular expressions). An extensive set of exercises are presented to guide thereader through each technique. Explores both supervised and unsupervised techniques as well asadvanced techniques such as data scraping and text management. Case studies are featured throughout along with examples foreach technique presented. R code and solutions to exercises featured in thebook are provided on a supporting website.