Reducing Information Pollution

Algorithms may save us from information overload, but are they the curators we want?

Source: New Statesman
Author: Barbara Speed
Date: 03/30/2016
Excerpt: We've entered the age of the algorithm. In a way, it was inevitable: thanks to the rise of smartphones and social media, we're surrounded by vast, unfiltered streams of information, dripped to us via "feeds" on sites like Facebook and Twitter. As a result, we needed something to tame all that information, because an unfiltered stream is about as useful as no information at all. So we turned to a type of algorithm which could help separate the signal from the noise: basically, a set of steps which would calculate which information should be prioritised, and which should be hidden.
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