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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 (Paperback)

By Fry, Hannah

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'Wise, sharp and witty, the definitive guide to living in the age of social media, algorithms and automation.' Adam Rutherford 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.
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ISBN 9781784163068
Released NZ 7 May 2019
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781784163068
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Transworld Publishers
Imprint Black Swan
Released 7 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
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 320
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 306.46
Weight 220g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Technology - Social aspects, Computer algorithms - Social aspects, Technological innovations - Social aspects
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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