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The Algorithm Ate My Homework

The Algorithm Ate My Homework

Algorithms are useful tools. But who's watching how they're used? If I were to bump into someone who blurted out that I look 77 years old, I’d be inclined to clench my septuagenarian fist and punch him in the chops. Like any other self-respecting woman of a certain age, I’m touchy about this sort of thing. The one saving grace in this hypothetical situation is personal contact. Barring fisticuffs, I could look the shmuck in the eye and let him know that I’m really offended. I know who’s accountable for this really bad guess. On a good day, I might even swallow my pride and ask him why he thinks I look 77. But what if my accuser isn’t a person? What if it’s a machine telling I look like I was born during FDR’s second administration? This changes everything – at least in my mind. Earlier this month in Japan, I encountered into an image recognition machine called “FieldAnalys...

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