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

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Published: 28/03/2019
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Shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018, mathematician and presenter Hannah Fry’s engaging book is a sharp and insightful guide to the age of the algorithm.

Shortlisted for The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018

Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2018

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.

You need a liver transplant to save your life. Who would you want in charge of organ allocation?

An algorithm can match organ donors with patients, potentially saving many more lives. But it may send you to the back of the queue.

You're buying a (driverless) car.

One vehicle is programmed to save as many lives as possible in a collision. Another promises to prioritize the lives of its passengers.

Which do you choose?

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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784163068
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 221 g
Dimensions: 199 x 127 x 21 mm


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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

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“Witty, engaging and warm!”

If you know Fry from Numberphile or or YouTube channels, you will be no stranger to the witty, charming inspiration of Hannah Fry. Hello World is well written, easily read and doesn't so much provide answers, as... More

Hardback edition
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“Certainly gets you thinking!”

Thank you to the publishers for the review copy!

Having previously read the sampler this was my review then
'I had the great privilege to meet Hannah Fry last night at a Transworld Publishing event.
I then read... More

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“BASED on Sampler (97 pages)”

I had the great privilege to meet Hannah Fry last night at a Transworld Publishing event.
I then read this sampler on the train home and you guessed it - I now need the entire book.
Brilliantly interesting and thought... More

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