Title – Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms
Author – Hannah Fry
Length – 256 pages
Hello World explores how sophisticated algorithms have become part and parcel of everyday life. It discusses how algorithms can be immensely helpful and also delves into some of the problems associated with the unthinking acceptance of these algorithms.
Balanced, sensible, pragmatic and easy to read I really enjoyed “Hello World”. Each section started with an intriguing anecdote which served as a great introduction to a given topic and really drew me in.
This book is interesting and highly relevant. It is also written in a conversational, informal style and Fry’s down-to-earth narrative is easy to relate to.
The views presented in “Hello World” are optimistic with a healthy does of realism thrown in for good measure. The content is completely accessible to a wide audience and explains some quite tricky concepts in a way that is easy to understand, without sacrificing detail and complexity.