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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How Algorithms Shape Our World

Interesting TED video on the advance of algorithms.  A very skeptical view of their value.  As someone who has dealt with them for a long time I see much misunderstanding.  They can be as simple as a single rule, or as complex as a hundred thousand variable optimization.  Like all tools, their value depends upon how we use and depend on them.  Should we blindly follow them?

" ... Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control ... "

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