Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

Author: Hannah Fry
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by giardini   2021-02-01
Facial recognition software fails legal tests if used with large datasets. It does so b/c software does not discriminate in the same way the human mind does.

For example, some facial recognition software identifies this picture of a man wearing glasses as actress Milla Jovovitch:


Fry's book shows how/why facial recognition software simply does not work well enough to use in police work. She provides the studies and footnotes them. As Fry says:

"If you're searching for a particular criminal in digital line-up of millions...the best-case scenario is that you won't find the right person one in six times...". That is not nearly good enough for law enforcement and the courts.

-from "Hello World" by Hannah Fry

by melling   2019-09-18
Here are the 3 new books mentioned in the article:

By the author of the article:

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms - Hannah Fry https://www.amazon.com/Hello-World-Being-Human-Algorithms/dp...

Do Dice Play God?: The Mathematics of Uncertainty - Ian Stewart https://www.amazon.com/Dice-Play-God-Mathematics-Uncertainty...

The Art of Statistics: How to Learn from Data - David Spiegelhalter https://www.amazon.com/Art-Statistics-How-Learn-Data/dp/1541...