These are not the robots of science fiction past, lumbering towards us, their arms stiff and eyes cold. They are unseen, ghosts in the machine. But they are exerting enormous influence on our lives. They understand our foibles, poke at our fears, keep us hooked to our screens – and are now involved in raising our children and picking our leaders in ways we would never have chosen.Run away! Run away! THE ALGORITHMS ARE COMING!!!
As individuals, we can assert ourselves. Don’t let Twitter or Facebook “curate” your news feed; go to settings and select “show most recent”, rather than what the algorithm regards as the “top” items.Wait, so the answer is there at our fingertips? Hmmmm. So why the panic?
We’re used to raging at politicians or bureaucrats, in the way that our forebears railed against princes and kings. But today the masters of so much of our universe are invisible strings of ones and zeroes and the corporations that own them. They’re shaping our lives much more than Brussels ever did. We need to take back control.Oh, if only there was some advice we could heed that wo...
Oh. There is.