Book Reviews

Book Review: The Ethical Algorithm and A Human Algorithm

Two buttoned-down AI scientists and a ‘can’t we all just get along?’ hippie walk into a bar . . .

OK, please forgive the click-bait opening sentence, but after reading these two very different books about the very same subject, I couldn’t help myself. Both books purport to address a compelling question: Given that algorithms increasingly control our lives, can they be designed to incorporate humane values up front — as opposed to simply seeking, after-the-fact, to regulate their dangerous outcomes?