Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data and algorithms affect our lives by Guardian Science Weekly


“Algorithms are trying to service us based on a computer profile of what we do online, that only has to do with what we do online. It has nothing to do with what we do offline”

This quote has been ringing in my ears since listening to this podcast.

I define an algorithm as a computed process that generates outputs based on trends, statistics and behaviours. Trends and statistics can often be clean cut. However I wonder how accurate digital representations of human behaviour can ever really be?

The consequences of getting it wrong will only continue to grow as algorithms are increasingly embedded into our daily lives.
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