Coded for destruction

Rise of the machine digital control. Arbitrary code bombarding the brain stem and frontal cortex. Your thoughts are preprogrammed, your actions recorded for future processing. Computer Algorithms shaping our minds and decisions made at the speed of light.

This is not a sc-fi movie plot. Maybe it was, maybe it is, maybe it will be. For now, it is How algorithms shape our world by Kevin Slavin.

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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