There is a constant push-pull between mathematics and the human element of what’s practical and reasonable. As our society becomes more numbers and computer driven and thereby “optimized,” expect such battles to continue until a comfortable equilibrium can be achieved.
In a world where computer programs are responsible for wild market swings, advertising fraud and more, it is incumbent upon society to develop rules and possibly laws to keep algorithms—and programmers who write them—from behaving badly.
The article “The New Boss: Big Data” in Macleans – a Canadian publication – discusses the challenges for hiring professionals using machines to assist in the hiring process and coincidentally has a quote or two from me.
For the first time ever, Amazon.com sold more electronic than printed books. In other news, Kindle e-readers are flying off the shelves and one article suggests Barnes and Noble’s saving grace will be their Nook reader. What gives with this sudden transition to e-books and what are the implications of this e-reading trend? An Economist article titled “Great Digital Expectations”…
In a world of plenty, algorithms may be our saving grace as they map, sort, reduce, recommend, and decide how airplanes fly, packages ship, and even who shows up first in online dating profiles. But in a world where algorithms increasingly determine what we see and don’t see, there’s danger of filtering gone too far.