Hannah Fry takes us on a tour through 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 replace.
· You are accused of a crime. Who would you rather decides your future – an algorithm or a human? The algorithm will always be more consistent; less prone to an error of judgement. Then again, at least a human can look you in the eye before determining your fate. How much fairness are you willing to sacrifice for that human touch? · Is helping doctors to diagnose patients more or less important than preserving our anonymity? · Should we prevent people from becoming victims of crime, or is it more important to protect innocent people from being falsely accused?
This is the story of a not-too-distant future, and the dilemmas we’ll face in the age of the algorithm. We’re creating a world where the machine rules supreme, telling us what to watch, where to go, even who to send to prison. As we increasingly rely on them to automate big, important decisions – in healthcare, transport, money - they raise questions that cut to the heart of what we want our society to look like, forcing us to decide what matters most.