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.
The Age of Algorithms
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.