Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

by Hannah Fry


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A look inside the algorithms that are shaping our lives and the dilemmas they bring with them.
If you were accused of a crime, would you rather have an impartial algorithm or an empathetic judge decide your sentence? This is just one of the dilemmas we face today, when the machine reigns supreme: telling us what to watch, where to go, even whom to send to jail. But as we rely on algorithms to automate big, important decisions—in crime, healthcare, transportation, and money—our reliance raises questions about what we want our world to look like. What matters most: Helping doctors with diagnosis or preserving privacy? Protecting victims or preventing innocents from being falsely accused? Hello World takes us on a tour through the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. With mathematician Hannah Fry as our guide, we’ll lift the lid on their inner workings, demonstrate their power, expose their limitations, and examine the ways that they can ultimately improve on the human systems they replace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393634990
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 82,718
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Hannah Fry is a senior lecturer in the mathematics of cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College
London. A contributor and presenter for the BBC, she lives in
London and tweets @FryRsquared.

Table of Contents

A note on the title ix

Introduction 1

Power 5

Data 25

Justice 49

Medicine 79

Cars 113

Crime 141

Art 175

Conclusion 197

Acknowledgements 203

Photograph Credits 207

Notes 209

Index 235

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