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What Happens When Algorithms Go Wrong

Our Lives in Their Code Machines will take your job. Machines will create new jobs. It’s a brave new world. It’s the beginning of the end. Technology will raise us up and throw open the gates of a climate-controlled utopia. Technology will crush us all beneath its shiny titanium jackboot. However you feel about technological development, what can’t be argued is that change is happening. And fast. Algorithms—problem-solving processes typically run by computers—are influencing your life right now. They determine what you buy, what you watch and where you drive. They run stock markets, airports, hospitals, you name it. They’re everywhere. Most of the time they work unseen and effectively, doing a great job of processing vast amounts of data...

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