A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are

Author: Coleman, Flynn

Publication Date:

November 2019



Original language and publisher

English | Counterpoint Press

Territories Handled

World excl. English North America

Territories Sold

English (UK) (Melville House)
Arabic (Arab Scientific Publishers)
Russia (Eksmo)
South Korea (Cir)


Personal Development, Science

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are

Author: Coleman, Flynn


Coleman holds out hope that the technology will “reveal who we are – resilient and vulnerable, curious and creative, abounding with potential for genuine connection with ourselves and others.” – Publishers Weekly

“[An] earnest, meaty investigation of the ideal future of how we work with intelligent technologies . . . Coleman necessarily operates in the realm of conjecture because she grapples with age-old questions and the unframed future. However, AI’s rapidly expanding capacity for autonomy suggests that these are the very questions that must be addressed now . . . An energetic, holistic consideration of AI’s potentialities to impact our lives in profound ways.” – Kirkus

“[Coleman] argues that the algorithms of machine learning — if they are instilled with human ethics and values — could bring about a new era of enlightenment.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“In A Human Algorithm, Flynn Coleman admirably has uploaded a clear data point on the side of the good….The urgent task is to rapidly reclaim and amplify the best of ourselves, and this book is a step on that journey. In addition to urging people to read it—especially those directly involved with writing the algorithms that will set tomorrow’s template—one sincerely hopes the machines will do so as well.” – New York Journal of Books

“How do we define artificial intelligence (AI)? Is it emotional intelligence or purely factual knowledge? Coleman addresses these questions in this gripping, personal first book on the triumphs and dangers of technology . . . With quotes and research from scientists, researchers, authors, and even poets, Coleman mixes her own viewpoints with those of scholars in this easy-to-read work. Readers of John C. Havens’s Heartificial Intelligence and Max Tegmark’s Life 3.0 will appreciate this new take on the relationship between humans and AI . . . It’s a must read for both the cyber crowds and those interested in human psychology.” – Library Journal 

Spirited, expansive, and universal, A Human Algorithm is your personal guidebook to reimagining life in the Intelligent Machine Age and thriving in our brave new world.

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are examines the immense impact intelligent technology will have on human rights and humanity in the face of sweeping change. It details how intelligent machines, like nothing before in history, will challenge some of our most deeply held beliefs and illustrates why it is critical that we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI. Equally important, Flynn Coleman emphasizes the need to develop and implement laws, policies, and oversight mechanisms to protect us from tech’s insidious threats. To realize AI’s transcendent promise, Coleman advocates for inviting a diverse group of voices to develop intelligent machines that place safeguarding human rights among the founding principles of emerging technologies. Ultimately, A Human Algorithm is about much more than technology. It is about how our relationships with technology will lead us to redefine human rights and the very meaning of intelligence and consciousness.

Marketing Information

  • Over 3,500 copies sold