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Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

As increasingly we rely on them to automate big, important decisions - in crime, healthcare, transport, money - they raise questions that cut to the heart of what we want our society to look like, forcing us to decide what matters most.

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ISBN 9780857525246
Barcode 9780857525246
Published 15 September 2018 by Transworld Publishers
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Fry, Hannah
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ISBN-13 9780857525246
ISBN-10 0857525247
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Doubleday
Publication Date 15 September 2018
International Publication Date 6 September 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Fry, Hannah
Category Popular Culture
Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Popular Science
Intelligent & Automated Transport System Technology
Data Structures
Computer Programming: Algorithms & Procedures
Privacy & Data Protection
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 461g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Technology - Social aspects, Computer algorithms - Social aspects, Technological innovations - Social aspects
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 306.46
Catalogue Code 938553

Description of this Book

You are accused of a crime? Who would you rather decides your future - an algorithm or a human? Before making your decision, bear in mind that the algorithm will always be more consistent, and far less prone to an error of judgement. Then again, at least the human will be able to look you in the eye before determining your fate. How much fairness would you be willing to sacrifice for that human touch? This is just one of the dilemmas we face in the age of the algorithm, where the machine rules supreme, telling us what to watch, where to go, even who to send to prison. As increasingly we rely on them to automate big, important decisions - in crime, healthcare, transport, money - they raise questions that cut to the heart of what we want our society to look like, forcing us to decide what matters most. Is helping doctors to diagnose patients more or less important than preserving our anonymity? Should we prevent people from becoming victims of crime, or protect innocent people from being falsely accused? Hannah Fry takes us on a tour through 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 human systems they replace.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Computers used to be tools, then they were toys, and now they're all around us. You couldn't ask for a better guide to this bewildering new world than Hannah Fry, who fills Hello World with wit, storytelling and superbly clear insight. Bravo! -- Tim Harford, author and presenter of The Undercover Economist and more recently Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy. Hello World is an action-packed, quick read during which you will be outraged, provoked, and challenged. The numerous, meticulously researched examples reveal the astonishing new world we're living in, one where secret decisions with ambiguous goals are deciding our individual and collective fates. Welcome to the modern world of big data, you're quite possibly screwed. -- Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction Wise, sharp and witty, the definitive guide to living in the age of social media, algorithms and automation. -- Adam Rutherford
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in the mathematics of cities from University College London. In her day job she uses mathematical models to study patterns in human behaviour, and has worked with governments, police forces, health analysts and supermarkets. Her TED talks have amassed millions of views and she has fronted television documentaries for the BBC and PBS; she also hosts the long-running science podcast, 'The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry' with the BBC.

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