It’s a book about how we’ve slowly handed over control to computers – how there are algorithms and artificial intelligence hiding behind almost every aspect of our modern lives – and what that means for our society.
Cambridge Analytica might have made the most headlines, but these algorithms are everywhere. In our hospitals, our courtrooms, our police stations and our supermarkets. This is a book that takes stock of where we are now, and where we are headed in the not-too-distant future.
It’s a story of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of modern machines, asking how much we should rely on them over our own instincts, and what kind of world we want to live in. It was described by The Times as ‘One of the best books yet written on data and algorithms’ and was shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society Book prize AND the Bailie Gifford Prize – a major international award for nonfiction.
And they don’t shortlist any old nonsense you know. So you know for a fact that it’s going to be good.