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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (756 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Baker Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Every day, we produce loads of data about ourselves simply by living in the modern world: we click web pages, flip channels, drive through automatic toll booths, shop with credit cards, and make cell phone calls. Now, in one of the greatest undertakings of the twenty-first century, a savvy group of mathematicians and computer scientists is beginning to sift through this data to dissect us and map out our next steps. Their goal? To manipulate our behavior—what we buy, how we vote—without our even realizing it.

In this tour de force of original reporting and analysis, journalist Stephen Baker provides us with a fascinating guide to the world we’re all entering—and to the people controlling that world. The Numerati have infiltrated every realm of human affairs, profiling us as workers, shoppers, patients, voters, potential terrorists—even lovers. The implications are vast. Our privacy evaporates. Our bosses can monitor and measure our every move—then reward or punish us. Politicians can find the swing voters among us. It can sound scary. But the Numerati can also work on our behalf, diagnosing an illness before we’re aware of the symptoms or even helping us find our soul mate. Surprising, enlightening, and deeply relevant, The Numerati shows how a powerful new endeavor—the mathematical modeling of humanity—will transform every aspect of our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captivating…An intriguing but disquieting look at a not too distant future when our thoughts will remain private, but computers will disclose our tastes, opinions, habits and quirks to curious parties, not all of whom have our best interests at heart.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fascinating…Narrator Paul Michael Garcia taps into the harsh realities of Baker’s vision in his reading, speaking in a firm and candid voice that relates the material in a straightforward yet ominous tone. The way Garcia uses his voice to connect with his listeners makes the material all the more believable—and frightening.”


  • “Baker effectively intertwines stories, insights from interviews, and research into an easy-to-read and enjoyable book…highly recommended for general readers with an appreciation for contemporary cultural phenomenon.”

    Library Journal

  • “A fascinating outing of the hidden yet exploding world of digital surveillance…Read and resist.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • The Numerati by BusinessWeek writer Stephen Baker will be an eye-opening read for even the techiest among us. A BookPage Notable Book.”


  • “[A] very accessible analysis, The Numerati [is] narrated with smooth, understated understanding by Paul Michael Garcia...fascinating and a bit scary, but intelligence from the edge of the cutting edge we all need.”


  • A BookPage Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Richard | 2/18/2014

    " I was hoping that this was going to be more of a popular science survey of the present and future of quantitative analysis. It turned out to be directed at business people. The featured researchers were entrepreneurs and not academics, which means their research was glowingly presented with no citations. It is also a book that has 60 pages of good, interesting content, but it's impossible to sell a book with less than 175 pages, so it's filled out with fluff, speculation and introspection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mariama | 2/13/2014

    " Quick read -- was expecting more insight and more depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by manni | 1/28/2014

    " decent facts, interesting angle, but showy and florid. journalism drips off each obnoxious word. if you think of it as a very long spread in time magazine, it'll work better for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Words Deeds | 1/28/2014

    " Lots of interesting material if you don't work in the field. Fascinating, but without that much depth. But Baker writes in the fashion of Gladwell, meaning each chapter is a snippet on a variety of different topics with a central underlying theme. Some are more valuable than others but it presents a good case for the value of data, which will only increase as we grow better models to analyze and account for the proliferation of data in the Internet world. "

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