Code Dependent

Madhumita Murgia


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Pan Macmillan
28 March 2024
ISBN: 9781529097306
320 pages

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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction 2024

'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

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