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  • How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine
  • Written by: Hannah Fry
  • Narrated by: Hannah Fry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Hello World by Hannah Fry. 

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 judgment. 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 prioritise 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 health care, transport, finance, security, what we watch, where we go, even whom 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.

©2018 Hannah Fry (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"Wise, sharp and witty, the definitive guide to living in the age of social media, algorithms and automation.'' (Adam Rutherford)  

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Power of algorithms

A fantastic collection of stories and insights about algorithms and their far-reaching consequences, all perfectly read by the author herself. Definitely worth adding a few bookmarks here and there for a revisit.

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A must read book

This is a must read book for anyone living in the current century. I loved the way author has described how algorithms are used in day to day life and how some of them affect people. Also the flow of the book is perfect. thanks

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good book

a good book really drives home the point recommended to listen.has some great points and really informative.

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