Distorted world view: how computers are doing our thinking for us | Systems Theory | Scoop.it
Algorithms are dictating much of what we are shown on the internet - but is this a good thing? Ben Grubb delves into the secret world to find out.

 

Algorithms are now regularly applied to many web platforms so they can make decisions for us. For instance, social networks such as Facebook and search engines such as Google use them to display content they think we want to be shown, based on profiling.

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But what are we missing out on when algorithms decide what we should consume? That's a question author Eli Pariser tried to answer in his 2011 book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. In it he points out that the formation of filter bubbles on the web could be harmful, especially if internet users are not aware of their existence.

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