By Sylvia Marino

Algorithms Are Programming Us



Algorithms can tell a banker whether someone will pay back a loan. They can pick the right applicant out of thousands of resumes. They assist judges to determine a prisoner’s risk of returning to a life of crime. These algorithms can improve our decision-making by considering troves of data, and then reducing human error.

But we’re also learning that algorithms, like humans, can discriminate. As they learn from real-world data, algorithms pick up sexist, racist, and otherwise damaging biases that have long plagued human culture. – NBC News

So what are algorithms exactly and how are they being used to shape our decisions?

Below are some additional articles we found both fascinating and informative on how algorithms are being used and influencing our everyday lives.

Style is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.  If we want to avoid displacing or reassigning our desires and creativity to machines, we can decide to become a little more analog. I imagine a future in which our clothes, music, film, art, books come with stickers like organic farmstand produce: Algorithm Free.

How Music Generated by Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping the Industry

There is an enduring fear in the music industry that artificial intelligence will replace the artists we love, and end creativity as we know it. As ridiculous as this claim may be, its grounded in concrete evidence. Last December, an AI-composed song populated several New Music Friday playlists on Spotify, with full support from Spotify execs.

Researchers Say YouTube’s Channels Algorithm Has The Potential To Radicalize People

Researchers followed YouTube’s channel recommendations wherever they led and often found Alex Jones and other fringe channels. “Within the political communities, Alex Jones’ channel is one of the most recommended ones,” they said.

Research Study Analyzes the Influence of Algorithms on Online Publicity and Advertising

When we look for information on the Internet, buy online or use social networks, we often see ads relating to our likes or profile. To what extent are these ads chosen by the web’s algorithms? A group of researchers are trying to answer this question under the name of ‘MyBubble,’ a science project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and IMDEA Networks Institute.

Algorithms Learn from Us – We Can Be Better Teachers

Now that these issues have surfaced, computer scientists and ethicists are looking for ways to detect and fix algorithmic bias and prevent a future in which minorities continue to be disadvantaged by the spillover of prejudice into artificial intelligence.

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By Sylvia Marino
PublishThis Content Marketing Specialist - Here to bring you the best news from around the web pertaining to Social Media, Content Marketing, and Publishing Technologies. Over 25 years experience in online publishing including online communities, social media, editorial workflows, and content strategies.