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Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without algorithms. So, we’ve all heard of them, but where does the word “algorithm” even come from? Over 1,000 years before the internet and […] … learn more→

Should we fear algorithms?

Should we fear algorithms?

Algorithms are automating many human actions and activating fear responses in us, which is nothing more than a primary emotion formed by biochemical algorithms whose adaptive function is protection. It is curious that automating causes us an emotional response that in turn is an automatism. But we tend to fear the unknown. The emergence of artificial intelligence […] … learn more→

Algorithms can decide your marks, your work prospects and your financial security. How do you know they’re fair?

Algorithms can decide your marks, your work prospects and your financial security. How do you know they’re fair?

Algorithms are becoming commonplace. They can determine employment prospects, financial security and more. The use of algorithms can be controversial – for example, robodebt, as the Australian government’s flawed online welfare compliance system came to be known. Algorithms are increasingly being used to make decisions that have a lasting impact on our current and future lives. Some of […] … learn more→

Strict-ish liability? An experiment in the law as algorithm

Some researchers in the US recently conducted an ‘experiment in the law as algorithm’. (One of the researchers involved with the project was interviewed by Ars Technia, here.) At first glance, this seems like quite a simple undertaking for someone with knowledge of a particular law and mathematical proficiency: laws are clearly defined rules, which […] … learn more→