Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Life In The Age of the Algorithm

An in-depth essay explores how what is written online may not be written by a person, but by a mathematical formula. Is it the end of writing, the start of a new age, or are some folks simply worried about change?

As computers have become faster and more powerful—and as the costs of storage and bandwidth have plummeted—there is virtually no limit to the specificity, size and complexity of computer algorithms. They are insinuating themselves into more and more areas of our lives: in the office, on trading floors and financial exchanges, even on movie screens. And the most ubiquitous and influential algorithm of the digital age is the one you encounter every time you type a few words into that rectangular bar on your computer screen: search."

Read the whole essay here.

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