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 audiobook, 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.
Learn to make your small business marketing as simple, effective, and affordable as duct tape.
In Duct Tape Marketing, renowned small business marketing guru John Jantsch shows you how to develop and execute a marketing plan that will give your business the life and longevity you want.
In this audio book you will learn the Duct Tape Marketing system and how to apply its principles to your business by following three steps:
This audio book provides proven, yet elegantly simple tools to help you grow your small business.
Your choice: Fear or faith. How are you going to handle the increasing stresses, fears and uncertainties of your life? You can choose to live in fear or you can choose to live in Faith. Easy to say, but how do you actually choose the high road when the world is chaotic and the future is unpredictable?
At last - Dr. Joe "Mr. Fire!" Vitale steps in and offers a no-nonsense inspiring view of how to live from love and confidence. His no-punches-pulled approach to helping you will fortify and guide you. He discusses Faith in yourself, Faith in others, Faith in the world, and Faith in a Higher Power.
This is not a book based on "blind Faith" - instead, this audiobook is filled with examples and stories of Faith at work. You'll quickly read this breezy book, be able to base it on something real and change your life for the better, easily and effortlessly.
For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: in controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial.
Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love.
Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now. Attachment theory owes its inception to British psychologist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby, who in the 1950s examined the tremendous impact that our early relationships with our parents or caregivers has on the people we become. Also central to attachment theory is the discovery that our need to be in a close relationship with one or more individuals is embedded in our genes.
In Attached, Levine and Heller trace how these evolutionary influences continue to shape who we are in our relationships today. According to attachment theory, every person behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways: "anxious" people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back. "Avoidant" people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness. "Secure" people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving. Attached guides listeners in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mates) follow. It also offers a wealth of advice on how to navigate relationships more wisely, given a listener's attachment style and that of his or her partner. An insightful look at the science behind love.
Speak your mind effectively! The best, most direct way to convey your intelligence, expertise, professionalism, and personality to other people is through talking to them. But most people have no idea what they sound like. And even if they do, they don’t think they can change it.
It’s the Way You Say It is a thorough, nuts-and-bolts guide to becoming aware and taking control of how you communicate with others. Dr. Carol Fleming provides detailed advice and scores of exercises for:
An entire section of the audiobook focuses on communication issues in the workplace - interviews, presentations, voice mail, and more. Dr. Fleming puts a human face on her advice through vivid before-and-after stories of 40 men and women who came to her for help...
An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise.
You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.
Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including:
Why can't our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens?
Great companies, large and small, rise or fall because of their talent; the more high performers on your team, the more successful your organization will be. Of course, that's easier said than done. Research shows that only about 25% of all new hires turn out to be high performers. But companies that have used Brad Smart's Topgrading system over the past two decades have boosted their hiring success rates dramatically-sometimes even to 90%.
Three huge problems account for the typical poor results in hiring: dishonesty (via deceptive résumés), incomplete information (via shallow interviews), and lack of verifiability (via biased references). Topgrading shows how to solve all three problems. Instead of hiring by your gut reactions to résumés and interviews, you can start using a scientifically honed process that compels candidates to be totally honest.
The Topgrading system makes hiring easier, faster, and more successful than any other process. And it works at every level, from the front lines to senior management.
Self-confidence is the ability to move out of you comfort zone and take risks with no guarantee of success.
The Power of Self Confidence explains that confidence is "mental fitness." It can be developed by engaging in a series of regular exercises to build up and maintain higher and higher levels of self-confidence in every area of your life. This audiobook revolves around the idea that with self-confidence, everything is possible. Each chapter will be a lesson in ways to exercise mental fitness, which include:
GET TO THE TRUTH
People--friends, family members, work colleagues, salespeople--lie to us all the time. Daily, hourly, constantly. None of us is immune, and all of us are victims. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day.
Now there's something we can do about it. Liespotting links three disciplines--facial recognition training, interrogation training, and a comprehensive survey of research in the field--into a specialized body of information developed specifically to help business leaders detect deception and get the information they need to successfully conduct their most important interactions and transactions.
Some of the nation's leading business executives have learned to use these methods to root out lies in high stakes situations.Liespotting for the first time brings years of knowledge--previously found only in the intelligence community, police training academies, and universities--into the corporate boardroom, the manager's meeting, the job interview, the legal proceeding, and the deal negotiation.
Set yourself apart from the crowd!
In today's troubled economic market, everything is a tough sell. From products to services, everyone is consuming less as they tighten their belts. In this respect, it's easy to forget that the job interview is becoming more and more like the showroom - where the interview itself is the pitch, and the product you're selling is yourself. The Art of Selling Yourself will provide you with the knowhow you need to navigate today's tough business terrain and achieve success in your career and your life. It shows exactly how uniquely successful people - from Mark Zuckerberg to Warren Buffett - have achieved success, and provides you with the latest management knowledge from leading academies and universities.
With an easy-to-use, 10-step process, this book will assist you in:
In short, this audiobook will make you a pro at selling your most important asset - yourself!
The iconic Sydney to Hobart Race, a 723-mile deepwater challenge-often called the "Everest" of offshore ocean racing-is considered one of the toughest in the world. Unpredictable weather and seas make each race demanding, but in 1998, an unexpected "weather bomb" hit the fleet, creating 80-foot waves and 100-mile-per-hour winds.
Many bigger, better-equipped boats tried to maneuver around the storm, but the crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler chose to head directly into its path. After battling mountainous waves and hurricane-force winds in the Bass Strait, the tiny 35-foot boat arrived safely in Hobart, 3 days and 16 hours later-winning the coveted Tattersall's Cup.
What were the factors underlying this incredible achievement? Into the Storm recounts the story of the Ramblers' stunning victory, and the teamwork that made it possible-revealing powerful lessons for success in today's demanding business environment. Illustrated with examples from the story and compelling case studies, this riveting adventure story provides effective methods you can use to:
The Ramblers' success resulted from an extraordinary blend of collaboration, trust, planning, and execution. Into the Storm equips you with the tools to overcome daunting odds and win your team trophy.
In December of 1914, the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, sailed from the island of South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. Its goal: the first overland crossing of Antarctica. Soon trapped in a prison of solid pack ice, the crew became engaged in a legendary fight against brutal cold, impenetrable ice, dwindling food, and complete isolation. Despite these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the team remained cohesive, congenial, and mercifully alive - a fact that speaks not just to luck but to an unparalleled feat of leadership.
Part adventure tale, part leadership guide, Leading at The Edge demonstrates the power of strong leadership in times of adversity, uncertainty, and change. This engaging and practical audiobook reveals Ten Strategies for Success, illustrating how leaders can:
The second edition features new case studies highlighting the strategies in action, tools to uncover and resolve conflicts, and expanded resources. An updated epilogue compares Shackleton’s leadership style with that of famed polar explorers Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott, and offers insights into how their contrasting approaches led to strikingly different outcomes.Today’s leaders have much to learn from this gripping account of survival against all odds. Leading at The Edge will help them navigate the rough waters of any turbulent environment and achieve success in the face of adversity.
People won't put up with being "sold" anymore. If they sense they are being pushed, their guard goes up - and even if they do comply, lingering resentment undermines the relationship...maybe forever. Yet, most books on influence still portray it as something you "do to" someone else to get your way. That out-of-date approach invites resistance or cynicism from those who recognize the techniques. Manipulative tactics might occasionally wear down a colleague's or client's resistance, but they fail to produce the mutual trust that sustains successful relationships. In short, they just won't work in our sophisticated, post-selling world.
In this groundbreaking audiobook, authors Mark Goulston and John Ullmen reveal a new model for authentic influence - the kind that creates a strong initial connection and survives long after agreement has been reached. Based on listening, genuine engagement, and commitment to win-win outcomes, Real Influence provides a powerful four-step method you can use to:
Complete with examples of the steps in action and insights from real-world "power influencers", this one-of-a-kind guide shows that being straight with everyone means winning for all.
Find out why book reviewers have said: "Everyone on planet earth should read this book"
Inside you will find the tips and insights you need to:
Winner of the gold award by Readers Favorite for best book on relationships!
The leadership book that outshines them all, completely revised for today's business realities with more international examples and a laser focus on business issues. Grounded in extensive research, it captures the continuing interest in leadership as a critical aspect of human organizations.
The first and second editions of Repacking Your Bags helped people develop their own unique visions of the good life and take practical steps at home and at work to make sense of their lives and live in an authentically meaningful way. Written as a travel guide it helped people to put together a "trip checklist" that provided the elements of the good life: work, love, place, and purpose.
But Leider and Shapiro came to realize that repacking is not something we do once or twice in reaction to a sense of disillusionment or frustration in our lives. Developing one’s own vision of the good life is a matter of constant and evolving choice, as the inevitable shifts and surprises life has to offer continually unfold before us. With each step along the way, it remains necessary to reexamine what has brought us here, to continue asking ourselves if the choices that have sustained us so far are continuing to do so - or if they’re just weighing us down.
This edition has been thoroughly revised to make it applicable for listeners today. The changes include:
The concept of "American exceptionalism" does not necessarily mean that Americans are different from or superior to people in other countries. It simply means that those qualities that have been most admired in individuals throughout history are more respected, admired, rewarded and encouraged in the United States than in any other country. This audio book explains the fundamental elements of high character and personality to which most people aspire, and shows how each person can become and achieve more in their personal and business lives than ever before.
This is an uplifting, inspirational, motivational audio book that makes each person proud to be an American and simultaneously creates within each person the desire to be more and better than he or she has perhaps ever been before.
By combining the desire for personal growth and improvement with the emotion of patriotism, combined with proven, practical facts and statistics to validate and reinforce each quality, the listener emerges from the book feeling empowered, positive and proud to be an American.
Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity.
Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn:
In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.
Do you ride the escalator or do you take the stairs? No matter how you define success, it always requires one thing: self-discipline. But as popular speaker and strategist Rory Vaden explains, we live in an "escalator world", one that's filled with shortcuts, quick fixes, and distractions that make it all too easy to slide into procrastination, compromise, and mediocrity. What seems like an easier path is really much harder in the end - and, most important, it won't take you where you want to go.
How do successful people stay focused and achieve results? This lively and insightful guide presents a simple program for taking the stairs - that is, for overcoming the temptations of quick fixes and procrastination, conquering creative avoidance, and transcending personal setbacks in order to tackle the work that leads to real success. Whatever your goals are, Rory Vaden's proven approach will get you there - one stair at a time.
The small-business guru behind Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine teaches listeners how to establish lasting commitment in their employees, customers, and businesses.
Why are some companies able to generate committed, long-term customers while others struggle to stay afloat? Why do the employees of some organizations fully dedicate themselves while others punch the clock without enthusiasm? By studying the ins and outs of companies that enjoy extraordinary loyalty from customers and employees, John Jantsch reveals the systematic path to discovering and generating genuine commitment. Jantsch’s approach is built on three foundational planks, which he calls the clarity path, the culture patron, and the customer promise. He draws on his own experiences and shares true stories from businesses like Threadless, Evernote, and Warby Parker. His strategies include these:
As Jantsch says, “Have you ever encountered a business where everything felt effortless? The experience was perfect, and the products, people, and brand worked together gracefully. You made an odd request; it was greeted with a smile. You went to try a new feature; it was right where it should be. You walked in, sat down, and felt right at home.... Businesses that run so smoothly as to seem self-managed aren’t normal. In fact, they are terribly counterintuitive, but terribly simple as it turns out.”
As a follow-up to The Referral Engine, this is about more than just establishing leads - it’s about building a fully alive business that attracts customers for life.
After a chance encounter with an extraordinary ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer began to wonder what older people know about life that the rest of us don't. His quest led him to interview more than one thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five to seek their counsel on all the big issues- children, marriage, money, career, aging. Their moving stories and uncompromisingly honest answers often surprised him. And he found that he consistently heard advice that pointed to these thirty lessons for living. Here he weaves their personal recollections of difficulties overcome and lives well lived into a timeless book filled with the hard-won advice these older Americans wish someone had given them when they were young.
It's never too late to make a fresh financial start. As Richards writes: "We've all made mistakes, but now it's time to give yourself permission to review those mistakes, identify your personal behavior gaps, and make a plan to avoid them in the future. The goal isn't to make the 'perfect' decision about money every time, but to do the best we can and move forward. Most of the time, that's enough."
Don't just think of an elevator speech as a generic tool you use in chance moments--consider the concept as a strategy to manage multiple talking points and to communicate more complex idea's as well.
Terri L. Sjodin's new work, Small Message, Big Impact, provides an entertaining, straightforward, and practical how-to guide on effectively communicating an important message in a short period of time. She gives listeners an inspiring new perspective on the power of what she calls the Elevator Speech Effect and shows them how to employ this amazing little tool to create influence in today's market.
Perhaps you want to promote an idea, a project, or a concept. Maybe you are looking to create a more compelling message to sell a product or service that will help you access challenging decision makers. Whatever your purpose--be it professional, academic, political, philanthropic, or personal--you can learn to craft a fresh, brief, and persuasive message that generates tangible results!