A sharp, plainspoken guide for businesses facing the brave new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.



A comprehensive overview of the challenges and potential of machine intelligence in the business world.

According to debut author and data scientist Kaldero, the first industrial revolution, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, hinged on steam power and locomotives; the second harnessed electricity; and the third drew in the power of the internet. The era that he calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution—the subject of this book—will see the rise of artificial intelligence, or “AI.” Kaldero’s aim in these densely packed chapters is to demystify the dawning “Machine Intelligence Revolution” and data-related terminology. Specifically, he aims to make these elements more accessible to readers in the business world, many of whom may be intimidated by leading-edge tech. Throughout this book, Kaldero stresses how better analysis of larger amounts of customer data can increase a company’s return on investment, or “ROI”: “Your business is in danger if you’re afraid of machine intelligence, because you’re not making data-driven decisions.” Kaldero traces these principles through specific case studies; for instance, in a banking model, one can use AI to more efficiently and quickly analyze more factors when deciding whether to extend credit to a customer, and thus “identify creditworthy customers among those currently rejected.” In an e-commerce model, he asserts, one can better analyze customer-engagement data to increase profits. The bulk of the book is dedicated to providing an overview of six basic principles to help organizations harness information in new ways; they address how one may devise an overall data strategy, and how one can streamline and accelerate how data gets broken down into useful bits (“speed to insight”). The overall picture that Kaldero paints has an air of inevitability about it, as he lays out carefully modulated steps to bring data science into existing business models, and many businesspeople will find his book to be invaluable.

A sharp, plainspoken guide for businesses facing the brave new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Pub Date: Oct. 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5445-1269-3

Page Count: 266

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Nov. 27, 2018

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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