Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 15-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level.
You're in a movie theater, watching the new horror flick. The audience knows something that the main character does not. The audience sees the character's actions are not in his best interest. What's that feeling -- the one that makes you want to shout at the screen? Christopher Warner identifies this storytelling device as dramatic irony.
We live in a world controlled by algorithms. They control everything we do, from who we date to where we go to how we spend our money. Our lives have become an automated chore, and we know it because we have lost autonomy and control. No matter how complex our own lives get, our digital lives are somehow simpler. We’ve created a world that we can’t understand, or even control. We’ve built a new world based on algorithms. In this exclusive talk, Kevin Slavin travels the world to uncover the new digital architecture that is transforming the economy, society, and our sense of identity. He talks to the CEO of Google, the president of Facebook, and the head of technology for the world’s largest investment bank to explain what’s really going on. By knowing what algorithms do, we can begin to take control back. d2c66b5586