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Hello world : how to be human in the age of the machine

By: Fry, Hannah

0857525247 / 9780857525246
Out of print
24 cm xi, 243 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Society Investment Science Book Prize and 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize. `One of the best books yet written on data and algorithms. . .deserves a place on the bestseller charts.' (The Times) You are accused of a crime.

Who would you rather determined your fate - a human or an algorithm?An algorithm is more consistent and less prone to error of judgement.

Yet a human can look you in the eye before passing sentence.

Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not-too-distant future where machines rule supreme, making important decisions - in healthcare, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go even who we send to prison.

So how much should we rely on them? What kind of future do we want?Hannah Fry takes us on a tour of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us.

In Hello World she lifts the lid on their inner workings, demonstrates their power, exposes their limitations, and examines whether they really are an improvement on the humans they are replacing. A BBC RADIO 4: BOOK OF THE WEEK


JFCA Popular culture, PDR Impact of science & technology on society, PDZ Popular science, TRT Intelligent & automated transport system technology, UMB Algorithms & data structures, URD Privacy & data protection

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