Book Review – Hello World – Hannah Fry

“One of the best books yet written on data and algorithms…deserves a place
on the bestseller charts.” – The Times

You have been accused of a crime. Who would you rather decide the outcome, a human or a machine?

An algorithm is more unswerving and less prone to the error of judgement, however a human can look you in the eye before dealing the sentence.

Welcome to the age of the algorithm, the story of a not so far off future where machines are in charge. Making important decisions in healthcare, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go and even who we send to prison. So how much should we truly rely on them? What kind of world do we want for ourselves and our children?

Hannah Fry takes us on a journey of the good, the bad and the absolute ugly of the algorithms that overwhelm us. In Hello World she lifts the lid on their inner workings, shows their power, discloses their limitations, and inspects whether they really are an advancement on the humans they are replacing.

“With refreshing simplicity, Fry explains what AI, machine learning and complicated algorithms really mean, providing some explanations of the Cambridge Analytical scandal, driverless cars and many other unnerving modern phenomena. This book illustrates why good science writers are essential.” – Katy Guest, Guardian

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