In our online world, when people aren’t searching random facts online, they’re probably looking at recommended purchases on Amazon, getting directions from Google Maps or getting suggestions for romantic partners from dating apps. What links all these actions together? Algorithms, the instructions computers follow to achieve their goals. However, most of us don’t really understand the algorithms we rely on or how they make decisions on our behalf and this can lead to big problems. This book offers a convincing, if somewhat repetitive, arguments about why we shouldn’t trust in algorithms too blindly, along with many intriguing examples.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)