What Google and Facebook are hiding
-- TED Talk. Back in July I wrote a piece about algorithms used in the stream on Facebook and Google (http://bit.ly/pBZo5Y
). I argued that algorithmic sorting of feeds is OK, but it's important to let users see all the information if the want to, because computers won't always get it right. Here's an interesting TED talk that suggests there's a political reason to be wary of algorithms as well -- +Eli Pariser
argues that algorithms could tends towards reinforcing one's world view, and discounting alternate opinions. Note: he's not just talking about "feeds" but all sorts of web projects that tend to "customize" the web for us. Definitely worth thinking about.