What is an algorithm? How computers know what to do with data

A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.

Jory Denny, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Richmond • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning computing artificial-intelligence algorithm data curiosity

Don't write off government algorithms – responsible AI can produce real benefits

Despite the exams algorithm fiasco, UK government bodies are making positive uses of the technology.

Allison Gardner, Lecturer in Computer Science/Co-founder Women Leading in AI, Keele University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence algorithm hail smart-cities

Government algorithms are undermining democracy – let's open up their design to the people

Without transparency, algorithms will erode trust in government decision making.

Mhairi Aitken, Senior Research Associate in Digital Ethics, Newcastle University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: algorithm a-levels transparency decision-making

A-level results: why algorithms get things so wrong – and what we can do to fix them

Problems in the underlying data mean we can't leave algorithms to decide things on their own.

Jostein Engesmo, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning algorithm a-levels algorithm-bias

How fake accounts constantly manipulate what you see on social media – and what you can do about it

A social media researcher explains how bots and sock puppet accounts manipulate and polarize public debate.

Jeanna Matthews, Full Professor, Computer Science, Clarkson University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media computer-science covid-19 algorithm twitter bots facebook disinformation instagram hackers distrust media-literacy authoritarian-regimes russian-trolls divisive-politics internet-research-agency

Algorithms are designing better buildings

Algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct buildings and even change them over time to meet user needs.

Silvio Carta, Head of Art and Design, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: algorithm buildings design construction-industry building-design architeture

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