Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world. “il nous faut dresser l’Atlas des algorithmes contemporains” 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. 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. 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. Marc Andreessen on Why Software Is Eating the World.