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Code Dependent : Living in the Shadow of AI - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction - Madhumita Murgia

Code Dependent

Living in the Shadow of AI - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction

By: Madhumita Murgia

Paperback | 13 August 2024

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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction

'Code Dependent is the intimate investigation of AI that we've been waiting for, and it arrives not a moment too soon.' - Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

'Murgia combines her deep experience of the last decade in technology with incredible storytelling and the result is a nuanced, thoughtful and very accessible picture of a world deeply affected by AI.' - Martha Lane Fox, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho


What does it mean to be human in a world that is rapidly changing thanks to the development of artificial intelligence, of automated decision-making that both draws on and influences our behaviour?

Through the voices of ordinary people in places far removed from Silicon Valley, Code Dependent explores the impact of a set of powerful, flawed, and often exploitative technologies on individuals, communities, and our wider society. Madhumita Murgia, AI Editor at the FT, exposes how AI can strip away our collective and individual sense of agency - and shatter our illusion of free will.

AI is already changing what it means to be human, in ways large and small. In this compelling work, Murgia reveals what could happen if we fail to reclaim our humanity.

'Brilliant story telling. Books about AI often put the tech centre stage but Murgia makes you, the human, the hero and sadly often the victim in this fascinating collection of stories about the impact of code on our future.' - Marcus du Sautoy, author of The Creativity Code

About the Author

Madhumita Murgia is the first Artificial Intelligence Editor of the Financial Times and has been writing about AI, for Wired and the FT, for over a decade. Born and raised in India, she was educated as an immunologist in the UK. She lives in London.
Industry Reviews
Exposes the hidden consequences of our existing AI technologies * The Times *

A penetrating look at how we're allowing artificial intelligence to infiltrate all parts of society, from policing, welfare, justice and health, to the point where whole lives are being altered - often ruined - by systems that hardly any of us understand * The Daily Telegraph *

The power of this book lies in the rich stories it tells of individuals . . . Drawing on interviews from around the globe, this highly readable and deeply important book exposes AI's sordid underbelly. * The Guardian *

Given the topic's ubiquity, it is refreshing when a new perspective comes along. And Code Dependent is just that, making it a must-read for those struggling to reckon with the AI revolution. * New Scientist *

Every chapter in Code Dependent shocks . . . Simultaneously a thoughtful introduction and a deep dive for anyone who already knows quite a lot about AI, or thinks they do * The Irish Times *

There's nothing like a long plane journey to rediscover the joys of reading an entire book in one sitting and I have just had that pleasure [with Madhumita Murgia's Code Dependent], understanding the dangers of where AI might take us. -- Anne Sebba, The Guardian, 'What We're Reading'

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