Thursday 24 February 2022

The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam

I just finished reading The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam.

Newlyweds Asha and Cyrus build an app that replaces religious rituals and soon find themselves running one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. 

Meet Asha Ray. Brilliant coder and possessor of a Pi tattoo, Asha is poised to revolutionize artificial intelligence when she is reunited with her high school crush, Cyrus Jones. 

Cyrus inspires Asha to write a new algorithm. Before she knows it, she’s abandoned her PhD program, they’ve exchanged vows, and gone to work at an exclusive tech incubator called Utopia. 

The platform creates a sensation, with millions of users seeking personalized rituals every day. Will Cyrus and Asha’s marriage survive the pressures of sudden fame, or will she become overshadowed by the man everyone is calling the new messiah? 

In this gripping, blistering novel, award-winning author Tahmima Anam takes on faith and the future with a gimlet eye and a deft touch. Come for the radical vision of human connection, stay for the wickedly funny feminist look at startup culture and modern partnership. Can technology—with all its limits and possibilities—disrupt love?

This story presents an interesting argument. What is too much AI? How easy is it to let an algorithm take over the way a society operates. The value placed on ritual. This book not only makes the argument if it does or not, as well as leaving it to the reader.

It made me think.

1 comment:

Jackie McGuinness said...

Reminds me of the British series The One.