Monday, April 17, 2017

Good ideas from a good writer and researcher

Eric Barker is a professor of communication at UCLA.  He writes a blog called Barking Up the Wrong Tree.  He picks good topics, researches them well and summarizes his results excellently.  His topic today is ideas from computer science that can help people in non-computing situations.  He bases much of his column on the book "Algorithms to Live By" by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths.  I have read a good part of that book and I recommend it.

I have had quite a few experiences where some aspect of work with computers helped me in other parts of my life, social, mental or other aspects that seem quite distant from computer science.  Many people assume that computing is too dry and impersonal to be of value in social situations or in practical areas such as organizing your house, your tools or your records.  But that can be quite wrong.  Take a look at Barker's column:

You can subscribe to his Sunday newsletter that features his choice of the topics of the week and order his book which comes out on May 16.

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