Wednesday, November 3, 7:30 pm

The Futurist Book Group is led by Sam Lubell and Eamon Bobowski and meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Politics and Prose, in the Den coffeehouse. Please note: book group is meeting online. Please contact: Sam Lubell samlubell@verizon.net for online access information.

The Futurist Book Group was started by the Washington chapter of the World Future Society, but now operates independently of that organization. It has met at Politics and Prose on the first Wednesday of every month except August since 2004. About 10 of our 50+ members attend nearly every meeting; and several people who don’t attend also read our selections. We hold lively, wide-ranging discussions of non-fiction books which are focused on the future.

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms Cover Image

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms (Paperback)


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Shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize and the 2018 Royal Society Investment Science Book Prize

"A beautifully accessible guide.…One of the best books yet written on data and algorithms." —Times (UK)

When it comes to artificial intelligence, we either hear of a paradise on earth or of our imminent extinction. It’s time we stand face-to-digital-face with the true powers and limitations of the algorithms that already automate important decisions in healthcare, transportation, crime, and commerce. Hello World is indispensable preparation for the moral quandaries of a world run by code, and with the unfailingly entertaining Hannah Fry as our guide, we’ll be discussing these issues long after the last page is turned.

Hannah Fry is the author of Hello World. With Adam Rutherford, she co-hosts the BBC Radio 4 show The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry. She lives in London.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393357363
ISBN-10: 0393357368
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English
With refreshing simplicity, Fry explains what AI, machine learning and complicated algorithms really mean.
— Guardian

Fascinating and funny. I learned something on every page.
— Tom Chivers - Buzzfeed

An action-packed read during which you will be outraged, provoked, and challenged.
— Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction

This short, sharp book on the power and dangers of algorithms offers one of the clearest explanations of a complex subject.
— Financial Times

Hannah Fry is one of the best STEM explainers and popularizers today.
— Forbes

For a reader unfamiliar with the technical aspects of AI, this book offers among the best lay explanations of how algorithms work.
— Science

Hannah Fry makes algorithms sound not only quite interesting but an idea that we must understand better as they dominate more and more of our daily lives in ways we see and in many ways we don’t.
— Amazon Book Review

Mixing mathematics and storytelling, this book asks the big questions about algorithms and humans—and their future together.
— Literary Hub

A well-constructed tour of technology and its discontents?timely, too, given the increasing prominence of AI in our daily lives.
— Kirkus Reviews

A lucid and timely analysis.
— Booklist (starred review)