There’s an old African proverb that says “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Big Data and artificial intelligence based on algorithms herald a new era of our people. Then what is the main role of humans in the age of algorithms? How can we go far with algorithms together? The author, Hannah Fry, considers the pros and cons of the age of algorithms through various examples. Also, the author provides a balanced view of the AI Utopia and Dystopia, enabling the readers to think about the real future.
This book is a modern version of the fable: “The lame man and the blind man.” The author emphasized that both algorithms and humans are flawed like the lame man and the blind man. Hence, we go together with algorithms for the better world. we try to use the power of algorithms properly. Then, what can we do? The author said in the last paragraph: “By questioning their decisions; scrutinizing their motives; acknowledging our emotions; demanding to know who stands to benefit; holding them accountable for their mistakes; and refusing to become complacent.”
The following links are some quotations from the book with my thoughts.