” There’s actually an awful lot of mathematics that goes into designing a railway, keeping it running, making sure everything runs optimally. Every time you need something to be optimal there’s going to be some mathematics at play. “


” There’s barely any aspect of our modern lives that hasn’t had a mathematical contribution at some point and yet, if you asked the average person, they might think that maths is just difficult, irrelevant and uninteresting. “


” Curating our data is valuable. Like 23andMe – while selling us the chance to know whether we’re Vikings or whatever, they’re amassing these huge DNA databases that are unimaginably valuable. Get people to pay you to add their DNA to this database. Genius! “


” When designing algorithms as a business owner, your incentive is your profit, something for your business, it’s not an incentive to maximise something for the individual. “


” And anytime a programmer makes a decision about how to deal with data, how to average it or clean it, you’re imparting more of your own bias on it. “


” Imagine life without any algorithms at all, you wouldn’t be able to do anything. This is already completely encompassing. We have a habit of over-trusting what mathematics or computer scientists tell us to do, without questioning it, too much faith in the magical power of analysis. “


” What seems obvious to one person wouldn’t occur to another. Your perspective is hard coded into the work that you create. “


” When you don’t have diversity in the creative process, you inevitably end up with a single, narrow perspective in the output. “


” Once you see the problems that algorithms can introduce, people can be quick to want to throw them away altogether and think the situation would be resolved by sticking to human decisions until the algorithms are better. “


” You can harvest any data that you want, on anybody. You can infer any data that you like, and you can use it to manipulate them in any way that you choose. And you can roll out an algorithm that genuinely makes massive differences to people’s lives, both good and bad, without any checks and balances. “


” But as soon as Facebook decided that they wanted to become purveyors of news, suddenly you have these highly personalized newsfeeds where everything is based on what your friends like, what you like, things that you’ve read in the past. “



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When designing algorithms as a business owner, your incentive is your profit, something for your business, it
And anytime a programmer makes a decision about how to deal with data, how to average it or clean it, you
Imagine life without any algorithms at all, you wouldn
What seems obvious to one person wouldn
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Once you see the problems that algorithms can introduce, people can be quick to want to throw them away altogether and think the situation would be resolved by sticking to human decisions until the algorithms are better.
You can harvest any data that you want, on anybody. You can infer any data that you like, and you can use it to manipulate them in any way that you choose. And you can roll out an algorithm that genuinely makes massive differences to people
But as soon as Facebook decided that they wanted to become purveyors of news, suddenly you have these highly personalized newsfeeds where everything is based on what your friends like, what you like, things that you
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