Alien Algorithms @mathbabedotorg

“The more steps I take back from researching the world of algorithms, the more I recognize a pattern in the moments and situation that a WMD will deploy. It’s not simply where there are people nearby who are gullible and intimidated by mathematics (that’s all people everywhere in the country, probably including you). Rather, a situation is ripe for a weaponized algorithm when there’s something to hide—some responsibility to be offloaded and injected into an alien black box.
That’s not to say algorithms are constructed to be evil. Many of the algorithms that end up being WMDs start out life as well-intentioned plans, efforts in education or in the justice system to establish consistent, fair, and objective criteria for decisions. Algorithms are advertised as such solutions, but they don’t become that way automatically. The problem is the blind faith; people are turning too much power over to the algorithm, without confirming that they are actually better than the previous system.
Algorithms form a constructed digital bureaucracy, where nobody in particular is to blame and everyone passively accepts their fate as directed from algorithmic gods on high. Seen that way, big data is a potent tool, and I expect insiders will make use of it whenever then can. Never mind that it can create systems that undermine their original goals.”
rest @ http://www.newamerica.org/weekly/edition-138/alien-algorithms/

3 responses to “Alien Algorithms @mathbabedotorg

  1. I keep coming back to this one.

    to me this is an extension of Lacan’s harsh diagram logic reinvigorated by recent postings elsewhere by Levi. Extraction seems to occur when a false constant is applied and the real rate of return Although the term ‘weaponization’ is in vogue, the real weapon is everyday misery wrought by such extraction. Weaponization is merely mass scale misery.

    • for me it’s not an extension but a lesson (for those with eyes/ears to see/hear) that there wasn’t the structures/systems in place for the old theories like you mention to have been anything but science-fictions, as to how emerging technologies actually play out in differing assemblages time will tell.

  2. yeah yeah there is always the aporia that academia is an onanistic fantasy . . . somewhat mirrored in the AI meme that we may all exist as code in a simulation.again namechecking the Bostrum

    I hereby declare a new constant: ‘Gimel’ a monkeywrench thrown as a weapon across time which will always distort the best laid plans of mice and onto-men through structural withdrawal and indeterminate existences to be

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s