Suspicious individuals--do-gooders, voyeurs, government agents, and radicals--surface, doing all they can to access the mass of desires and vulnerabilities gleaned from scouring Ubatoo's wealth of intimate information. The author is an expert in this field - a senior researcher at Google. The realism was joy to read and brought back more than a few memories for me. Maybe it's because I've worked at a company that specializes in the kind of advanced analytics that's the focus of the book, or maybe it's because I'm currently involved in a de-identification project at work -- but the storyline really resonated with me. I couldn't finish the book. My friends who work in the tech business say that it's the most realistic portrayal of the craziness and start up mentality that they have ever read.
The story is intriguing, well researched, well written, and frighteningly probable. That being said, I was really bored with the technical details, and found myself skimming through the data mining sections. The Silicon Jungle is not only a fun and compelling thriller, but is also a scary glimpse into the dangers of living our lives online and a fascinating look into the absolutely insane culture of Silicon Valley. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers. Stephen Thorpe lands a coveted internship at Ubatoo, an Internet empire that provides its users with popular online services, from a search engine and e-mail, to social networking. The payoff is more than worth it, in my opinion.
Young Stephen Thorpe lands a coveted internship at Ubatoo, an Internet empire that provides its users with popular online services, from a search engine and shopping to e-mail and social networking. And if you already believe this is happening, this book does an excellent job -- at a non-technical level -- describing how it happens. Some forms of magic were challenged by the Protestant Reformation, but only with the increased search for scientific explanation of the universe did the English people begin to abandon their recourse to the supernatural. The story follows an intern at a fictional company as he figures out how to piece together internet searches and emails to make a list of people on government watch lists. Shumeet Baluja not only tells a compelling story, but as an expert in data mining, he also knows his stuff.
That said, this novel is more than a simple ethnography. Shumeet graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science, with high distinction, in 1991. His story shows how powerful and far-reaching modern search technology can be, and hence, potentially dangerous if not properly controlled. He just spent the first night in his own room. A delightfully entertaining and thought-provoking read for all. If you like realistic thrillers with a heap of technology, enjoy being challenged about what you think you know about the world around you, this is a book for you. But nothing is as it seems.
But nothing is as it seems. Just show you some ads,' Stephen rationalized. Although I am a Technical person. A striking combination of social intimacy and disinterest political analysis, Athene Palace evokes the elegance and excitement of the dynamic international community in Bucharest before the world had comes to grips with the horrors of war and genocide. But when Stephen and Molly are set free on their computers without supervision, their curiosity leads them to create dangerous instruments. A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. It is a scary and eye-opening examination of privacy invasion in the name of profit, and potentially more dangerous purposes.
Science and technology have made us less vulnerable to some of the hazards which confronted the people of the past. It As background - I enjoy reading books that are recommended by Scientific American - this one caught my eye. Recommended reading for everyone today. I'm revealing my inner geek. Still, I couldn't give this novel more than 3 stars as the writing itself was second rate with minimal character development, not much in terms of the vivid description of environments that you would expect, and poor textual depictions of action scenes. He wrote this book about a fictional company and went to great length to say it is not based on Google - but come on, of course it's Google. What happens when a naive intern is granted unfettered access to people's most private thoughts and actions? He wrote this book about a fictional company and went to great length to say it is not based on Google - but come on, of course it's Google.
When Stephen's boss asks him to work on a project with the American Coalition for Civil Liberties, Stephen innocently obliges, believing he is mining Ubatoo's vast databases to protect the ever-growing number of people unfairly targeted in the name of national security. The connections drawn between people, places, products, and internet usage, as well as the data-mining scientists in this suspenseful and alarming novel, show us that the decline of individual freedoms can occur not through weapons and coups, but through profiles germinated from algorithmic seeds. I finished the book, believing what the author says - it is a novel. Suspicious individuals surface, doing all they can to access Ubatoo's wealth of confidential information. Dealing all day long with Computers, and Communication. A techno-thriller with a disturbing message.
. I started reading this book thoroughly convinced that it is a thinly disguised description of what goes on inside Google. What happens when a naive intern is granted unfettered access to people's most private thoughts and actions? I had a surprisingly good feeling at the end, without the book having a 'they lived happily ever after' ending. A nod to Upton Sinclair's muckraking The Jungle, which scared its readers into regulating the meat-packing industry, this lively if depressing novel suggests that computer snooping is too seductive to control, despite the consequences. The author clearly understands the joy and the risks, all while bringing us along on a fun story with humor and a nuanced understanding of the world stage it's built upon. Stephen's lover, Molly Byrne, just wants to finish her grad school thesis by building a Web page on which Islamic extremists can vent or modify, with her coaxing their rage.