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→
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Should we fear algorithms?
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→