Recently I have finished reading the "Hello world. How to be human in the age of the Machine". I must say that this is a very good book to swallow in one long afternoon.
In essence the book is trying to explain to the general audience some of the more challenging aspects of the currently popular topics of computer science and data science (in terms of #MachineLearning
I consider myself a lay person, even though I had some exposure to those topics at Uni). I especially like the way she's trying to convey the limits to computation.
I am still at awe how completely and utterly rubbish the science community is at telling the general public that the computers are really not much more powerful then the calculator that they might find at their (grand?)parents desk. I think there should be more stress on what is in the realm of Sci-Fi (or fairtales, if you will) and what can really by achieved in real world.
Overall I encourage to point your friends towards this book if they have never considered the negative implications to technology. Great starting point!
Here I leave a link to this book from the author website: https://www.hannahfry.co.uk/books
Mathematician, science presenter and all round badass It's a book about how we've slowly handed over control to computers - how there are algorithms and artificial intelligence hiding behind almost every aspect of our modern lives - and what that means for our society. Cambridge Analytica might have made the headlines recently, but these algorit...www.hannahfry.co.uk