What Algorithms Want – Reflecting on (Human) Agency in an Age of Automation

One of the biggest questions the Silicon Valley regime poses is ‘how much should we let algorithms shape our lives?’ While algorithms filter the search results and headlines we see and match us with prospective mates and jobs, most popular analysis of them is a mile wide and an inch deep. What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing is dedicated to remedying this situation. Written by Ed Finn (an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination) and published by the MIT Press this past spring, the book considers the impact of central digital age protagonists like Uber and Netflix while articulating how a constellation of devices, apps, and services have changed how we experience the world.

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