18 Books That Will Change the Way You Think About AI and Technology

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Here are 18 books written by scholars and technology experts that cut through all the hype and will forever change the way you think about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Get a first-hand look at how these powerful technologies are built and deployed. Learn how reckless development of AI is contributing to and worsening societal harms. Glean insights on ways to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe from the pitfalls of AI. Add these to your holiday reading and gifting list today!
[Updated list as one of the books on the original list is not available for direct purchase]

1. Algorithms of Oppression
Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781479837243

2. Automating Inequality
Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. https://www.indiebound.org/book/978197738442

3. Technically Wrong
Sara Wachter-Boettcher demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use — and to demand more from the companies behind them. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780393356045

4. Weapons of Math Destruction
Cathy O’Neil reveals, the mathematical models being used today are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735286511

5. Race After Technology
Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequityhttps://www.indiebound.org/book/9781666127980

6. Viral Justice
Part memoir, part manifesto, Ruha Benjamin’s latest book is a sweeping and deeply personal exploration of how we can transform society through the choices we make every day.

7. Design Justice
Sasha Costanza-Chock’s book goes beyond recent calls for design for good, user-centered design, and employment diversity in the technology and design professions; it connects design to larger struggles for collective liberation and ecological survival. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780262043458

8. Technology and The Virtues
Shannon Vallor makes the case that if we are to have any real hope of securing a future worth wanting, then we will need more than just better technologies. We will also need better humans. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780190905286

9. Artificial Unintelligence
Meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781977340412

10. Privacy in Context
Helen Nissenbaum counters that information ought to be distributed and protected according to norms governing distinct social contexts — whether it be workplace, health care, schools, or among family and friends. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780804752374

11. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Shoshana Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781478947271

12. Privacy is Power
Carissa Veliz calls for the end of the data economy and proposes concrete measures to bring that end about, offering practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781612199672

13. Responsible Artificial Intelligence
Virginia Dignum examines the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence systems as they integrate and replace traditional social structures in new sociocognitive-technological environments.

14. Hello World
Hannah Fry says it’s time we stand face-to-digital-face with the true powers and limitations of the algorithms that already automate important decisions in healthcare, transportation, crime, and commerce. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780393357363

15. Programmed Inequality
Mar Hicks explores the story of labor feminization and gendered technocracy that undercut British efforts to computerize. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780262535182

16. Behind the Screen
Sarah T. Roberts offers the first extensive ethnographic study of the commercial content moderation industry. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780300261479

17. Invisible Women
Caroline Criado Perez investigates the shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in Invisible Women, diving into women’s lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor’s office, and more. https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781982699383

18. Predict and Surveil
Sarah Brayne offers an unprecedented, inside look at how police use big data and new surveillance technologies, leveraging on-the-ground fieldwork with one of the most technologically advanced law enforcement agencies in the world-the Los Angeles Police Department.