#26: algorithmic literacy, transparency and oversight needed

March 1, 2017

According to the Pew Research Center, in “Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age“: “While many of the 2016 U.S. presidential election post-mortems noted the revolutionary impact of web-based tools in influencing its outcome, XPrize Foundation CEO Peter Diamandis predicted that ‘five big tech trends will make this election look tame.’ He said advances in quantum computing and the rapid evolution of AI and AI agents embedded in systems and devices in the Internet of Things will lead to hyper-stalking, influencing and shaping of voters, and hyper-personalized ads, and will create new ways to misrepresent reality and perpetuate falsehoods.”

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“The need grows for algorithmic literacys, transparence and oversight. The respondents to this canvassing offered a variety of ideas about how individuals and the broader culture might respond to the algorithm-ization of life. They argued for public education to instill literacy about how algorithms function in the general public. They also noted that those who create and evolve algorithms are not held accountable to society and argued there should be some method by which they are.”

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