When Algorithms Work Against Us

“Workplace” by Facebook was designed to help employees collaborate with one another on products, listen to their bosses speak on Facebook Live and post updates on their work in the News Feed. It was launched globally at the Facebook Inc. offices in London on Oct. 10. (Photo by Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images) For better or worse, America is in the midst of a silent revolution. Many of the decisions that humans once made are being handed over to mathematical formulas. With the correct algorithms, the thinking goes, computers can drive cars better than human drivers, trade stock better than Wall Street traders and deliver to us the news we want to read better than newspaper publishers. But with this handoff of responsibility comes the possibility that we are entrusting key decisions to…


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