[ Free pdf ] Hello WorldAuthor Hannah Fry – Z55z.co

One Of The Best Books Yet Written On Data And Algorithmsserves A Place On The Bestseller Charts The Times You Are Accused Of A Crime Who Would You Rather Determined Your Fate A Human Or An Algorithm An Algorithm Is Consistent And Less Prone To Error Of Judgement Yet A Human Can Look You In The Eye Before Passing SentenceWelcome 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 ReplacingA BBC RADIO BOOK OF THE WEEKSHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE AND ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE

5 thoughts on “Hello World

  1. Michael Michael says:

    The author addresses a subclass of Algorithms defined p.7ff and their effects, and potential effects, on society The subclass of algorithms addressed, which could reasonable be called computer programs, are those that can have a significant effect on people s lives What she is not talking about are things like the algorithm used to calculate a tangent or to multiply two matrices The algorithms address range from the massive data collected about people, used for advertising and other purposes, to potential design issues with self driving cars, medical diagnosis, determining risk in the judicial system or the challenges in facial recognition These are big tasks and, for the most part, usually considered human functions Many of the algorithms involved are classed as machine learning.The author does a good job of pointing out some of the benefits and problems with these algorithms and provides some suggestions for the future She did, however, miss one of the most important things to warn against Do not allow Microsoft to provide any life critical programs.The best part of the book is the extensive end notes Although the author does not go into great details about the algorithms of interest, she does provide plenty of references which are useful for further research.From reading the book, and my own 40 years in the computer field, the author appears to be of a researcher about algorithms than an implementer of algorithms This results, I think, in a little bit of a lack of understanding about how some algorithms actually work, and what information can be gleaned from their operation I am especially concerned with the machine learning programs.I also strongly recommend the author s other book,The Mathematics of Love Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation TED Books

  2. Ryan James Spencer Ryan James Spencer says:

    Hannah Fry has managed to draw from a range of topics to explore the applications, and their subsequent perils, of machine learning algorithms and techniques.The fact that we tend to blindly encode our old behavior into systems and assume them to be now be somehow superior because of their improved consistency or accuracy does not exclude the fact that we are encoding our prior biases and mistakes into an automated system Many such examples of where this can go horribly astray are listed although there is a refreshing amount of content describe the positive benefits, both actual and projected, of using these systems.I definitely recommend as a light read to those in the know with machine learning to reify the importance of recognizing and combatting bias but also to the layperson who wants a better understanding of what modern day advances in machine learning are doing, where they are still struggling, and how they still need improvement.

  3. Math and Software guy Math and Software guy says:

    It was pretty good In general, I thought the writing was good, and the subject matter important However, I m extremely familiar with these topics, so much of it was either known to me or slightly different cases than I already know It felt like a lighthearted version of Weapons Of Math Destruction which is excellent btw.If you re less familiar with algorithms, data products, and machine intelligence, this will likely be an interesting read.A few places I really appreciated were Fry s friendly writing, good examples, and obvious understanding.

  4. A. Kecskes A. Kecskes says:

    Hello World is a straightforward, easy read, but there are so many interesting quandaries around the nature of our reliance on algorithms that Hannah Fry brings up for the reader to ponder She doesn t leave the reader hanging for too long, though, providing insight from both professional encounters and plenty of research What I liked most about the book was that Hannah keeps the stories centered around humans algorithms may seem all powerful to many, but the reality is that they are just tools made by flawed, tools we need to question in order for them to give us the greatest benefits.

  5. Michael Larsen Michael Larsen says:

    I like Hannah Fry s writing style It is engaging and moved through the stories and information in a captivating way.The topics are serious and interesting, never boring It is a good challenge to consider the algorithms that we do not always put enough thought into.Worth a read, go for it.