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 -- 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.
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- Very good stuf!Sep 10, 2011
- Facebook algorithm filtering = Bad (why can't you control what you see)
Google search algorithm filtering = Good (search faster. If what you want at that moment of time is not from your normal search pattern, just do a more detail search. Instead of just typing "Egypt", as demonstrated in the video)
If Google+ applies algorithm filtering like Facebook, Google+ is just like another Facebook, Bad. Fail. Real bad.
User control is fundamental. We decide our own lives, we decide what we read, we take responsible for our own actions, we take care of the neighbors..... certainly not control by "somebody"... It is horrifying just to think about it....Sep 18, 2011
- that's why you need to keep google tracker out of ur business (use hot spot shild)Sep 20, 2011
- Very interesting. A must see.Oct 30, 2011
- This guy is going to end up getting grabbed off the street into a black van and never heard from again. The information we are missing is on purpose....really.Nov 9, 2011
- what do this meanJul 26, 2012