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Month: August 2018

Algocracy, or will we lose our essence as algorithms take over our daily lives?

Paris
“Paris”, by Jamison Young (CC-BY 2.0)

One of the most interesting topics found in the state-of-the-art technological developments is that of algorithms. We are reaching a significantly advanced stage in which it is possible to optimize and control many crucial aspects of our societies, including Smart Grids, stock markets and even prison systems (at least in the US).

However, these also raises some concerns when it comes to the role that humans play. Some fear that human beings will transition and become mere passive agents, as opposed to active actors, in their own daily lives. Taken to an extreme, it might be the case that our participation will no longer be required in order for us to live a happy life. Such participation may even be forbidden, as it would be considered that humans are biased and error prone.