12 Bytes

12 Bytes: How artificial intelligence will change the way we live and love

Paperback Published on: 13/10/2022
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'Joins the dots in a neglected narrative of female scientists, visionaries and code-breakers' Observer How is artificial intelligence changing the way we live and love? Now with a new chapter, this is the eye-opening new book from Sunday Times bestselling author Jeanette Winterson. Drawing on her years of thinking and reading about AI, Jeanette Winterson looks to history, religion, myth, literature, politics and, of course, computer science to help us understand the radical changes to the way we live and love that are happening now. With wit, compassion and curiosity, Winterson tackles AI's most interesting talking points - from the weirdness of backing up your brain and the connections between humans and non-human helpers to whether it's time to leave planet Earth. 'Very funny... A kind of comparative mythology, where the hype and ideology of cutting-edge tech is read through the lens of far older stories' Spectator 'Refreshingly optimistic' Guardian A 'Books of 2021' Pick in the Guardian, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529112979
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 267g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 22 mm

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Intriguing and a little bit scary view of the AI future
This book is definitely not one I would have picked up, although I do read some non fiction. As a woman with little understanding of this world, using IT o... READ MORE
Fiona Reader
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Absolutely Brilliant
12 Bytes by Jeanette Winterson is absolutely brilliant. Packed with history, philosophy, social and political themes not to mention technology it’s an educ... READ MORE
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Well Researched
This was a good book and clearly a lot of research had gone into it. The first part, setting out how Ada Lovelace made contributions to science and techn... READ MORE
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!Interesting Read!
Having only read Winterson's 'Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit' prior to this, I approached '12 Bytes' with a relatively clean slate in terms of Winterson's ... READ MORE
Ian Simpson
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Sparkling with intelligence
This was Love(lace) at first byte. The book begins with a lively survey of the history of AI. This is no dry chronology but a tale bursting with brilliant ... READ MORE
Simon Gardner
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Enjoyable book about AI
Winterson’s essays were very well written and her use of descriptive words kept my interest. I liked how she linked the past, modern life and celebrities ... READ MORE
Tina Dodd
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A gripping but alarming read
From the subject matter I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book, but I really did. I love the history and the detail, some of which I knew but lots I ... READ MORE