'The dystopian future portrayed in some science-fiction movies is already upon us. Whether you like it or not, your face has already been scraped from the internet, stored in a giant database, and made available to law enforcement agencies, private corporations, and authoritarian governments to track and surveil you. Kashmir Hill’s fascinating book brings home the scary implications of this new reality'
– John Carreyrou, author of 'Bad Blood'
'I loved this. A dark and gripping story, meticulously researched and stylishly told'
– Jenny Kleeman, author of 'Sex Robots & Vegan Meat'
'Kashmir Hill all but invented the tech dystopia beat, and no one is a more exuberant and enjoyable guide to the dark corners of our possible future than she is. Reaching deep into the past to paint a terrifying portrait of our future, Hill’s thorough, awe-inspiring reporting and compelling storytelling paint a fascinating tale of tech’s next chapter. This is the most fun you can have reading a real-life nightmare'
– Garrett Graff, author of 'The Only Plane in the Sky'
‘Combining vivid reportage with a chilling overview of facial recognition technology’s capabilities, this unnerves’
– Publishers Weekly
‘A gripping account . . . [Hill] writes with great clarity about the dangers of facial recognition technology’
– New Statesman
'A haunting portrait of sci-fi darkness in the real world'
'A breezy, compelling dive into the alarming use of face matching and the enormous consequences for privacy and civil liberties . . . an engrossing cautionary tale'
– Literary Review
‘Startling, if not terrifying . . . the author does a great job of explaining the ins and outs of facial recognition in the book . . . Be very, very careful, Hill says again and again. If we’re not, we might all face the reality of Beijing today'
– Taylor Lorenz, author of 'Extremely Online', on Twitter
‘I’m loving this book - you’ll laugh, you’ll recoil, you’ll learn about the sordid history of eugenics and where facial recognition tech fits into said history’
– Brian Merchant, author of 'Blood in the Machine', on Twitter
‘Illuminating. A walk down the street will not feel quite the same again’
‘Sharply reported . . . The saga is colorful, and the characters come off as flamboyant villains; it’s a fun read. But the book’s most incisive contribution may be the ethical question it raises’
‘A most timely contribution to a much needed debate about the implications for personal privacy’
‘Gripping… the book is illuminating. The scope and sophistication of the technology is striking. So, too, is the way in which the building blocks needed to make it are so readily available, from open-source code to public databases of faces. A walk down the street will not feel quite the same again’
– The Economist
‘A New York Times reporter investigates the secretive start-up Clearview AI, which sells its facial recognition technology to the police. Such technology can help solve crime, but it also erodes privacy and can reinforce unfair discrimination against marginalised people. In its focus on the ambiguous duality of technology, a parable for our times’
– Financial Times, 'Best Books of 2023 – Technology'
'this is a parable for our times’
– Financial Times, Technology