How Algorithms Shape Our World

If you haven’t heard Kevin Slavin’s TED talk on how algorithms shape our world, you are missing out. This video is from 2011, but it is going viral again thanks to being posted on TEDEd yesterday.

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. Slavin also warns that we are writing code we can’t understand with implications we can’t control.

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