RaveThe Financial TimesFew forecasters have the audacity to write like that. Fewer still have the intellectual firepower and literary skill to carry off such a monumental sweep of history, philosophy, religion, science and technology. Specialists will cavil at his somewhat cavalier treatment of their expertise. But it is thrilling to watch such a talented author trample so freely across so many disciplines. Harari’s skill lies in the way he tilts the prism in all these fields and looks at the world in different ways, providing fresh angles on what we thought we knew. No matter how scary and incomplete, the result is scintillating.
PositiveThe Financial TimesThe great service of Thomas Rid’s book is to highlight how we have been grappling with the relationship between man and machine for longer than we might have imagined. It also shows how the debate has been coloured by the full spectrum of emotions ... Rid is a fine chronicler of the debate, deftly recounting the hope, hype, and fears that have accompanied our thinking on automation ... a fascinating if slightly frustrating book, dazzling in parts but never quite adding up to an integrated whole.