Emerging Tech

Amazon's $23 million book - algorithms gone wild

An associate of UC Berkeley evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen wanted to buy an extra copy of The Making of a Fly by Peter Lawrence but found the price on Amazon.com a little steep, $1.7 million - plus shipping. Eisen tracked the price and discovered a robot-driven price war between two Amazon booksellers that actually raised the price until it passed $23 million. For more, read Larry Dignan's blog.

Credit: it is NOT junk by Michael Eisen

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