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Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine Hardcover – 6 Sep 2018
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"A stylish, thoughtful, and scrupulously fair-minded account of what the software that increasingly governs our lives can and cannot do ... A beautifully accessible guide that leaps lightly from one story to the next without sparing the reader hard questions... deserves a place in the bestseller charts." (Oliver Moody The Times)
"With refreshing simplicity, Fry explains what AI, machine learning and complicated algorithms really mean, providing some succinct explanations of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, driverless cars and many other unnerving modern phenomena…This book illustrates why good science writers are essential." (Katy Guest Guardian)
"Brilliantly clear...Fry succinctly outlines the ethical issues that beset AI" (James McConnaiche Sunday Times)
"Hello World is a gem of accessible science writing. With eloquence and charm, Hannah Fry outlines the maths of computer algorithms and explains how they are transforming fields such as health, justice, transport and the arts. She is a wise guide to the benefits - and horrors of our increasingly data-driven world." (Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland)
"Expertly told, wise and with a lightness of touch, Hannah Fry's brilliant exploration of how we live our lives in the age of AI will prompt arguments in pubs and over dinner tables for years to come." (Adam Rutherford)
"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.)
"Hannah Fry's masterful and entertaining call to arms needs to be read by every last human who unthinkingly entrusts our destiny to algorithms. Because, what do you know, the machine-determined future may just work against our best interests, people." (David Rowan, Founder editor of WIRED UK)
"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)
"Hello World is a brisk and friendly guidebook to the algorithms all around us" (Jordan Ellenberg)
"Editor's Choice: consistently illuminating" (Caroline Sanderson The Bookseller)
About the Author
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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You may get a harsher sentence.
Your sentence will be in line with similar crimes.
You may receive unnecessary treatment.
The real cause of your illness may be missed.
The family survive but you die.
You save yourself but not the family.
About the Author
Hannah Fry is an Associate Professor in Mathematics of Cities from University College London. In her day job she uses mathematical models to study patterns in human behaviour, and has worked building algorithms used by governments, police forces, health analysts and supermarkets.
Hannah’s TED Talks have also amassed millions of views and she was listed as one of London’s most influential people by the Evening Standard in 2017.
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Not sure what an algorithm is? Dr Fry provides a lucid explanation of what they are, how they work and the different types, together with a clear and basic explanation of the maths behind them.
After that, she focuses on how they are used in the justice system, medicine and crime as well as the creative arts, and ultimately leaves the reader with a lot of philosophical and ethical questions, such as "Do we rely on them too much?" "How accurate are they and can we ever make them 'fair'?" "At what point do we question their decisions?" and "who decides ultimately?"
Probably my only criticism is relating to the Kindle edition - there are several photographs used to illustrate points (such as how a tiny change to a picture can make a machine see a dog instead of a truck). These don't work well on a Kindle where the picture quality is too poor for the illustration to be meaningful.
As a technical read it is not especially educational. However, as a well-researched, thrilling ride into the ethical conundrums of a technology that we don't yet full understand it is exceptional.
Fry scatters the book with brilliant anecdotes which portray some of the surprising and sometimes downright scary 'emergent' behaviours that these statistical decision making tools can produce. These make for excellent dinner party conversations for the uninitiated!
I personally would have liked more mathematical detail. And perhaps the author could have shared her own ideas of how to 'tame the beast of AI' besides advocating for constant human supervision.
But a book like that would not meet nearly the same readership. I expect Fry will successfully engage thousands more people into the debate that really must accelerate into the public sphere. I will have to wait for the more thorough technical summary that I am sure Fry could write.
The book is concise while it is simply, clearly, and judiciously written. Despite its brevity, the reader will obtain a valuable insight into the merit and limitations of algorithms, even on their unintended consequences. The author explains the nature of the algorithms and their application in different areas such as the games of chess and jeopardy, justice, medicine, self-driving cars, crime, even art.
The author emphasizes the complementarity of humans and algorithms: humans are good at understanding subtleties, at analyzing content, applying experience and distinguishing patterns. Humans are bad paying attention,at precision,at consistency and at being fully aware of their surroundings, skills in which algorithms excel.
This book is really well written for the current times and I couldn’t put it down. It’s written in an accessible discursive style that doesn’t intimidate the reader, but at the same time, is well referenced. I’ve knocked one star off because the book is clearly pitched at a North American audience - perhaps the publisher’s algorithm suggested this was a good idea. While I have no objective reasons to dislike this feature of the narrative- I do wonder why similar facts and examples couldn’t have been found nearer to home - like mainland Europe!
The book is an impressively researched work of science with great references. As an overview to artificial intelligence and data science, it’s a breeze to read with a flowing narrative bursting full of memorable insights into aspects of artificial intelligence and artificial stupidity. There’s handy hints on how to tell the difference between dogs and wolves, the difficulty of distinguishing dogs from cars, stories of narrowly avoided Armageddon, the dangers of tumbleweed and trees, and why autopilots are not always a great idea. Buy it now, before the computer says “no”. It’s fun, factual, informative, thought provoking and terrifying.