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Algorithms are probably the most sophisticated tools that people have had at their disposal since the beginnings of human history. They have transformed science, industry, society. They upset the concepts of work, property, government, private life, even humanity. Going easily from one extreme to the other, we rejoice that they make life easier for us, but fear that they will enslave us. To get beyond this vision of good vs evil, this book takes a new look at our time, the age of algorithms. Creations of the human spirit, algorithms are what we made them. And they will be what we want them to be: it's up to us to choose the world we want to live in.
By:   Serge Abiteboul (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA) Rocquencourt), Gilles Dowek
Translated by:   K-Rae Nelson
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   220g
ISBN:   9781108745420
ISBN 10:   1108745423
Pages:   166
Publication Date:   16 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Algorithms intrigue, algorithms disturb; 2. What is an algorithm?; 3. Algorithms, computers, and programs; 4. What algorithms do; 5. What algorithms don't do; 6. Computational thinking; 7. The end of employment; 8. The end of work; 9. The end of property; 10. Governing in the age of algorithms; 11. An algorithm in the community; 12. The responsibility of algorithms; 13. Personal data and privacy; 14. Fairness, transparency, and diversity; 15. Computers and ecology; 16. Computer science education; 17. The augmented human; 18. Can an algorithm be intelligent?; 19. Can an algorithm have feelings? 20. Time to choose.

Serge Abiteboul is a member of the Board of Arcep and a computer scientist at Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Rocquencourt. He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, California, and is a founder of the Xyleme company. He is fascinated by and likes to write about societal issues related to the digital world. Gilles Dowek is a researcher in computer science. He has published several popular science books, as well as books on epistemology of computer science and ethics in the digital world. His book Computation, Proof, Machine (Cambridge, 2015) has received the French Academy philosophy award.

Reviews for The Age of Algorithms

'... written by two computer scientists offering a most accessible view on both what algorithms are (the book starts with a clearest analogy between algorithms and recipes) and how algorithms are severely changing human life.' Simona Chiodo, Metascience

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