The algorithm did it (and it’s actually true)

Can Computer Programs Be Racist And Sexist?
September 26, 2016

“The systems are of a sufficient complexity that it is possible to say the algorithm did it,” Christian Sandvig* says. “And it’s actually true — the algorithm is sufficiently complicated, and it’s changing in real time. It’s writing its own rules on the basis of data and input that it does do things and we’re often surprised by them.”

*a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information


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