Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world. “il nous faut dresser l’Atlas des algorithmes contemporains” Par Hubert Guillaud le 24/02/11 | 6 commentaires | 3,657 lectures | Impression Kevin Slavin est le cofondateur d’Area/Code devenu il y a peu Zynga, un studio de conception de jeux.
Et c’est pour ce travail qu’il est surtout connu (voir ses interventions en 2009 à Picnic dont nous vous avions rendu compte ici et là), mais c’est à une tout autre exploration – oh combien passionnante, bien que particulièrement alambiquée – à laquelle il nous a conviée à la conférence Lift qui se tenait récemment à Genève. Image : Kevin Slavin sur la scène de Lift11, photographié par Ivo Näpflin. Sa présentation s’appuyait sur une précédente présentation faite il y a 4 ans qui portait sur le bas Manhattan, le quartier financier de New York, et qui s’interrogeait pour comprendre comment les villes pouvaient apprendre à écouter le pouls de la ville.
Il y expliquait que les villes devaient construire des radars, comme on construisait des amplificateurs acoustiques pour détecter l’approche des avions. When algorithms control the world. 23 August 2011Last updated at 01:42 By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Algorithms are spreading their influence around the globe If you were expecting some kind of warning when computers finally get smarter than us, then think again.
There will be no soothing HAL 9000-type voice informing us that our human services are now surplus to requirements. In reality, our electronic overlords are already taking control, and they are doing it in a far more subtle way than science fiction would have us believe. Their weapon of choice - the algorithm. Behind every smart web service is some even smarter web code. It is these invisible computations that increasingly control how we interact with our electronic world. At last month's TEDGlobal conference, algorithm expert Kevin Slavin delivered one of the tech show's most "sit up and take notice" speeches where he warned that the "maths that computers use to decide stuff" was infiltrating every aspect of our lives.
Why web personalisation could skew objectivity. Information we see online is increasingly being tailored by filtered, personalised searches on search engines, automated recommendations from online bookstores and social networks whose algorithms only tell us what is happening to those friends we care about the most.
The information society can be as diverse as it likes but each of us is already cosseted within our own familiar, safe, predictable information cocoon, so online campaigner Eli Pariser argues in his new book The Filter Bubble. Along with Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion, Eli Pariser joins Gareth Mitchell to debate the pros and cons of web personalisation. The robot that reads your mind to train itself. 25 October 2010Last updated at 01:02 By Lakshmi Sandhana Technology journalist Rajesh Rao is a man who believes that the best type of robotic helper is one who can read your mind.
In fact, he's more than just an advocate of mind-controlled robots; he believes in training them through the power of thought alone. His team at the Neural Systems Laboratory, University of Washington, hopes to take brain-computer interface (BCI) technology to the next level by attempting to teach robots new skills directly via brain signals. Robotic surrogates that offer paralyzed people the freedom to explore their environment, manipulate objects or simply fetch things has been the holy grail of BCI research for a long time.
Dr Rao's team began by programming a humanoid robot with simple behaviours which users could then select with a wearable electroencephalogram (EEG) cap that picked up their brain activity. Skill set "What if the user wants the robot to do something new? " On-the-job training. Click listeners test 'filter bubble' 14 July 2011Last updated at 14:22 By Gareth Mitchell Presenter, Click on BBC World Service Click listeners shared their search results through the show's Facebook page.
How personalised is the web? That's the question that Click listeners all over the world have been helping us answer. The worry is that we are cosseted in an information cocoon based on personalised results from search engines, automated recommendations from online bookstores and social networks that feed us gossip and news only from our innermost circle of friends. On Click radio a few weeks ago, we interviewed Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You. Mr Pariser is concerned that there is an illusion of objectivity in Google search results, when in fact they are filtered according to what we are most likely to click on when we browse the all important front page of results. Our Facebook group was soon deluged with screen grabs. Marc Andreessen on Why Software Is Eating the World.
This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth.
Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility. Both moves surprised the tech world. But both moves are also in line with a trend I've observed, one that makes me optimistic about the future growth...