One of the most intriguing announcements in last week's Budget for me, as someone who spent many years working with computers and digital networks, was the creation of an Alan Turing Institute: the Chancellor committed £220 million of government money to be invested in "big data and algorithm" development projects.
Today, especially with the processing power of modern computing and enormous "big data" analysis, algorithms increasingly influence the media we read, the products we buy, and with whom we socialise. But most of us have no idea what they are. At its core, an algorithm is just a simple formula which must be followed to calculate the answer to a mathematical problem. (The word "algorithm" itself is derived from the eighth-century Persian mathematician Al-Khwa-rizmi- but the concept goes all the way back to the Greeks.)
Algorithms are vital to the internet because they help to order and arrange vast volumes of data at a scale and speed impossible for a human. Google’s famous PageRank algorithm counts the number of links to a page and assesses their quality to determine how important a website is. The quality and quantity of websites’ links to each other are compared and ordered; the more important websites are displayed first on the Google search page when a search query is entered.
Facebook’s feed prioritisation algorithm calculates which posts a user sees on his or her news feed, how close a user and the creator of a post are, how valuable the content is (with photos determined to be the most worthwhile, and plain text the least so), and how long a post has been up for. Nothing is left to chance: by weighing up these three factors, the algorithm decides what you see – and Facebook updates and improves these regularly. And you’ll all be familiar with Amazon’s algorithms that constantly propose annoyingly accurate recommendations of what books that you might also like to buy, based on what others have bought.
All are based on proprietary algorithms. Without its clever algorithm, Google is nothing. Better algorithms are at the core of Amazon’s future plans too. On Christmas Eve 2013, they patented something called a "method and system for anticipatory package shipping": an algorithm-based system that could potentially ship products before consumers place an order for them. Algorithms that make the best sense of data can earn companies billions. That’s why they are as closely guarded as the recipe for Coca-Cola.
There are remarkable social and economic benefits from being able to process data at much greater efficiency than humans. Some commentators believe that algorithm-led data analysis of NHS records could result in huge improvements in treatment outcomes, as we’d get a much better understanding of works and what doesn’t. According to the CEBR, the use of big data analytics across the healthcare sector could deliver additional revenues of £14bn from 2012 to 2017. Others have estimated it could cut the chronic care bill by £80 billion. Already, at the University of California San Francisco’s new medical centre, an algorithmically operated robot runs a fully automated hospital pharmacy. The dispensing room is sterile and secure, and the algorithm, having prepared hundreds of thousands of prescriptions, is yet to make a mistake.
However, life by algorithm brings worries too. Evgeny Morozov thinks all of this algorithmic analysis of personal information on a massive scale amounts to an incremental erosion of privacy by private companies and the state, and could even end up in Minority Report-style preventive policing. Others, like Filter Bubble author Eli Pariser, believe that by trying to perfectly predict our preferences with his search function, Google limits our opportunities for serendipity, discovery, exploration – we end up reading and watching the same things, having our horizons slowly narrowed. Around half of all trading on the world’s markets are today performed by computer algorithms, and are capable of incredible feats of financial mathematics at speeds measured in milliseconds: but errors are also magnified. In May 2010, American stock markets trended down and then crashed in the second largest swing in the history of the Dow Jones Index. Subsequent analysis showed this "Flash Crash" – which was quickly recovered – was caused by the aggressive activity of algorithmic traders.
Algorithms rule the world, and we still don’t really know much about them. Some of this is extremely promising. But there are also serious political, cultural, economic and social consequences when these clever calculations hold so much sway over what we information we encounter and how. As Turing put it in his 1950 masterpiece Computing Machinery and Intelligence: "We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done." A bit more research into the human side wouldn’t go a miss. Fortunately, I know just the place.
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Google and the Surveillance Society
Just how much data are Google gathering on private individuals? And are other internet and hi - tech firms far behind in their efforts to trash our private lives and force us all to live online in full view of the world. This article reports how far the internet has gone in letting fascistic corporations ride roughshod over privacy laws.
Are The Cultural Poles FlippingReligion and Science (which some people have turned into their religion) have failed to provide the certainties, the sense of security, that many people seek. First religious convicion was eroded by science and then faith in science collapsed when it's certainties dod not stand up to the logical tests of the real world. Can existentialims offer a third way or is its acceptance of uncertainty to challenging?
At Last The Left's Politically Correct Agenda Is Being Questioned - We Can Discuss Poverty, Race and Single Patenthood
With Germany's leader Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron both recently declaring multiculturalism dead and many commentators starting to question the Politically Correct orthodoxy on issues like race, sexuality and single parent families are we al last smashing down the barrier that has prevented the sensible policies on many social problems being adopted.
American society is absolutely FUBAR. I was looking at an American site today where the loony left (or liberals as they insist on calling themselves) had beenquick to blame "the gun crazy religious right" and in particular Sarah Palin for the atrocity. When it becan to emerge that the gunman was a crazy, obsessive loner who may have been associated with left wing ...
Liberal? What Does That Mean?
What is a liberal? Is it something to do with the kind of politically correct thinking that obsesses over minority rights while seeking to marginalise mainstream society? Is liberalism an authoritarian system that seeks to impose politically correct left wing ideology on everybody. Or is a liberal, as is argued here, a very respectable political postion whose name has been usurped by people reluctant to acknowledge their inner Nazi.
Freaky Frankenstein Fishes
Once again we find ouselves questioning the sanctity of science as a new scheme to farm grenetically modified (G.M. salmon that grow to twice the size of a normal adult salmon in half the time nears approval by the United States F.D.A.. It this another case of scientists blinding themselves with science and failing to see the very obvious flaws in the plan?
The Growing Problem Of Rising Food Prices
While the warmists rant about carbon and the Church of Scienceology Cult rave about climate science. there are threee real and immediate problems facing us that nobody is talking about. These are overpopulation, water shortage and food price inflation. This article deals with food prices, links at the bottom lead to our posts on population and water scarcity.
Equalities Bill Discriminates Against Everybody Equally
The Equalities Bill, passed by the previous Labour government before they were ejected from power becomes law today. This farrago is typical of the imbecilic mindset of the self righteous hypocrites who style themselves the progressive left. Presented as a law in support of equality in the workplace , in this era of pandemic joblessness and perpetual financial crisis it is nothing but an attack on the businesses that provide the real, wealth producing, revenue generating jobs in the private sector.
Going Halal In Harrow - Going Gay In Rome
As America divides politically again over plans to build a Muslim centre with prayer room (its not a Mosque OK) close to the site of the World Trade Centre destroyed in 2001 by Muslim Terrorists, Britain has a few divisions of its own brewing on a smaller scale of course. One involves Muslims and Halal meat in schools, in the other the gay rights lobby, famed for demanding tolerance, are showing no tolerance towards Roman Catholic religious principles.
Not Proud To Be British
As the war in Afghanistan draws to its inevitable conclusion, a futile stalemate we must again question the conflation of patriotism and balls out politics that drive nations to war. The NATO allies were never going to achieve anything in Afghanistan, the Afghans hate foreigners and the war, Bush's revenge for 9/11 became Obama's war when the new President needed to show America he could be tough on Muslim states.
In his best known poem Wilfred Owen wrote of that charnel house war: “My friend, you would not tell with such high zest / to children ardent for some desperate glory / the old lie, dulce et decorum est / pro patria mori. (it is sweet and seemly to die for one’s country)
The Pursuit Of Mediocrity by fatsally.
SATS test, introduced in 1993, were supposed to meaure a pupil's progress through the education system from junior to senior school and ensure every child was fulfilling their potential. Now we see the government constantly lowering standards in order to ensure enough pupils from each school are reaching government imposed targets.
Oh Brave New World
In common with Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, forever imprinted on the minds of my generation because of the cover image of a military boot grinding on a human face, Brave New World was a book that changed the way we viewed the world we lived in. In many ways it inspired aspects of the social revolution of the 1960s as people shrugged off the social controls that had imposed such restrictive conventions on western society.
FILTH! The Mary Whitehouse Effect
Advance publicity for “FILTH!” a dramatised version of the Mary Whitehouse story starring Julie Walters and coming (oops, pardon!) to a television near you has predictably aroused (oops, pardon!) the holier-than-thou brigade to start ranting about ... any mention of “FILTH!” in the media tends to make the legions of the narrow minded come over Mary Whitehouse (oops, pardon!).
Gay Minister and The Lib Dem Closet
Strange that the party responsibe for pushing through the law that decriminalised homosexuality should have had three senior MPs in the past decade who preferred to stay in the closet. Or is it? The gay mafia is so active in politics a desire to stay out of the limelight they generate is understandable...
Imposing Orthodoxy By Stealth: Big Brother And Your Shopping Habits
Subtle influences are at work to change the way you shop and thus the way you live. Is this manipulation driven purely by the profit motive or are more sinister motives involved?
The Power Of Positive.
There are many cod philosophies based on positive thinking. But when does positive thinking stop and self delusion start. Are the positive addicts really trying to help with their positive thinking tips or are they really just trying to share their addiction and draw you into their bubble of unreality. Ian R Thorpe bursts the positive thinking bubble...
Epitaph For New Labour.
Several hours before polls close on general election day Ian R Thorpe pre-empts the result by publishing an epitaph for the wretched "New Labour" project which led the once great Labour Party to aandon any pretence of standing for anything except the interests of its leaders and paymaster and the gaining and keeping of power at any price. So arrogant has Labour become, so contemptuous of their working class core vote, the people who put the labour into Labour Party, that they are now he party of wealth and privilege, to the autoritarian right of the Conservatives while the Liberal Democrats are the truly progressive force on the left.
Internet Access As A Human Right?
A survey carried out by the BBC found a majority of people around the world believe internet access should be a basic human right. We suspect a bit of statistical rigging because the majority of people in the world live below the poverty line and probably have more urgent priorities than surfing the net.
Get On Board The Athest Bus
A campaign by british atheists to raise money for a campaign to advertise atheism caused some guffaws, particularly from the non-evangelical wing of the British atheist community. Ad vertising the non - existence of God has about as much relevance as advertising that all soap powders are pretty much the same or that self control is a batter way to keep your weight stable than miracle weight loss products. If people believe in God they will just react scornfully. If they don't believe in God why spend money telling them he/ she/ it does not exist. And if they could not give a flying fuck either way....... well they couldn't give a fuck either way.
A Degree used to be epitome of higher education, the indicator of academic excellence rather than vocational skills. With the proliferation of Universities and the Pick - And - Mix nature of many degree courses, this article asks if the University Degree is being devalued and the university courses downgraded to mere further education as the divinding line between academic degree and vocational diploma becomes more blurred. Is this doing a disservice to everybody involved?
Is something sinister going on in our western societies. Whiles races are integrating people seem to have become segregated by age. In an era that sees people living and staying active longer than any previous generation it is bizarre that we throw older generations on the scrapheap earlier than ever before. Are the young really turning away from parents and grandparents in an evolutionary quirk or is there something more sinister behind the trends. We don't have to dig very deep to see that the culprits are those intellectual fascists who spend their lives in Universities dearming up insane theories about how societies should manage themselves but seldom come into contact with reality.
The New Olympians: A fiction in four parts on ethics and morality versus materialism. [ Part 1 ] ... [ Part 2 ] ... [ Part 3 ] ... [ Part 4 ]
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