Understanding and solving opacity in algorithms

One of the key challenges presented by algorithms is its opacity – that is, the inability to see how the algorithm produced a specific output. For instance, the ability to see how a search engine algorithm ranks content; how credit rating algorithm ranks the characteristic of potential borrowers; or, how a self-driving algorithm ranks external … Continue reading Understanding and solving opacity in algorithms

The A-level algorithm debacle shows us that algorithms + poor data = myths with a veneer of legitimacy

UK students due to sit exams this Spring (for instance, A-level exams, for entrance into University), saw their examinations cancelled, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to avoid group gatherings. Instead, as explained in the gov.uk website: “For each student, schools and colleges have provided a ‘centre assessment grade’ for each … Continue reading The A-level algorithm debacle shows us that algorithms + poor data = myths with a veneer of legitimacy

Resource on the sociology of artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision making

In my process of learning about artificial intelligence, and reflecting on its implications for society (and marketing, as part of it), I came across the work of Zeynep Tufekci. She works on the sociology of technology, for instance the social consequences of algorithmic manipulation, or how people in power use artificial intelligence to manipulate us:   … Continue reading Resource on the sociology of artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision making

TED talk: blind faith in big data must end

Super interesting and short talk by Cathy O'Neil about What is an algorithm Why they are subjective, flawed and unfair How they can have disastrous effects in people’s lives How they perpetuate the past and historical discrimination Why they are so difficult to scrutinise And, thus, why we can not have blind faith in big … Continue reading TED talk: blind faith in big data must end