Hello World by Dr Hannah Fry
(Transworld (UK), Norton (US), 2018)

Hello World

by Dr Hannah Fry

We are at a remarkable point in human history; the possibility of how to use mathematical tools and algorithms to enhance and enrich our lives is endless. In this book Dr Hannah Fry, who has spent the last five years as an academic working on algorithms used by governments, police forces, health analysts and supermarkets, will lift the lid on this secret world.

She’ll follow the path of algorithms from conception to implementation, talk to the people who create them and meet some of the stars of the show. She’ll use these stories and case studies to take a tour through essential elements of human existence and demonstrate just how intertwined and indispensable algorithms have become to modern life. Some are benign, some are useful, some are deeply troubling. None, at the moment, are regulated, supervised or accounted for.

As well as being a riveting ride, in the hands of an insider, Black Box will be a strident call to arms.

Co-authored with Dr Thomas Oleron Evans

Reviews

[Hannah Fry is] the right person to write this startlingly clear account of how artificial intelligence is changing the way we live”
- The Sunday Times
Wise, sharp and witty, the definitive guide to living in the age of social media, algorithms and automation.”
- Adam Rutherford, author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
Computers used to be tools, then they were toys, and now they're all around us. You couldn't ask for a better guide to this bewildering new world than Hannah Fry, who fills Hello World with wit, storytelling and superbly clear insight. Bravo!”
- Tim Harford, author and presenter of Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy
Hello World is an action-packed, quick read during which you will be outraged, provoked, and challenged. The numerous, meticulously researched examples reveal the astonishing new world we're living in, one where secret decisions with ambiguous goals are deciding our individual and collective fates. Welcome to the modern world of big data, you're quite possibly screwed.”
- Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction
With refreshing simplicity, Fry explains what AI, machine learning and complicated algorithms really mean… this book illustrates why good science writers are essential”
- The Guardian
Fascinating and funny. I learned something on every page.”
- Tom Chivers, science correspondent of Buzzfeed
A stylish, thoughtful, and scrupulously fair-minded account of what the software that increasingly governs our lives can and cannot do ... A beautifully accessible guide that leaps lightly from one story to the next without sparing the reader hard questions... deserves a place in the bestseller charts”
- The Times
Hello World is a gem of accessible science writing. With eloquence and charm, Hannah Fry outlines the maths of computer algorithms and explains how they are transforming fields such as health, justice, transport and the arts. She is a wise guide to the benefits - and horrors of our increasingly data-driven world.”
- Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland
Hannah Fry is one of the best explainers on the planet. In Hello World she examines the ups and downs of living with algorithms everywhere, online and off, in our homes and workplaces, hospitals and supermarkets. She takes a serious subject and leavens it delightfully with her clear writing and captivating stories, and her trademark sense of humour and fun.”
- Steven Strogatz, author of The Joy of X
Hannah Fry's masterful and entertaining call to arms needs to be read by every last human who unthinkingly entrusts our destiny to algorithms. Because, what do you know, the machine-determined future may just work against our best interests, people.”
- David Rowan, Founder editor of WIRED UK