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Social Media Algorithms Need A LOT Of Work

Like you, I’ve heard a lot about the proprietary algorithms that social media companies use to determine which posts we see. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others regularly mention them in interviews and in their own posts. They’re pretty proud of them. They typically also mention their internal “metrics” — the systems in place that record[…]

Big Data Can’t Make You Buy Things

The “Future Shop”, Montreal (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) When the Guardian posted this opinion piece in late June, its intent was apparently to scare readers with news that advertisers and police forces are already using ever-improving facial recognition technology. “It is increasingly being deployed all around the United States by giant tech[…]

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