- Eye Opening
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Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
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Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
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Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
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Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
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Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
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Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Technology writer Luke Dormehl doesn’t speak for or against the growing influence of algorithms in your work and your life. Rather, he discusses the many ways algorithms, machine learning and “artificial intelligence” affect you in both areas. He discusses dating sites, algorithms that predict social and antisocial behavior, how algorithms will affect the job market, and how they define you to marketers, researchers, potential employers and even to yourself. He covers the positives and the possibilities for solutions to threatening problems, while warning of the many ways algorithms might also diminish human actions. He finds that the accelerating role and importance of algorithms could mean a different, perhaps reduced, role for humans in the future. This 2014 report remains important because it speaks to larger questions about the era of smart machines. getAbstract recommends it to futurists, investors, VCs and anyone who wants to consider what the future might look like.
About the Author
Filmmaker, author and speaker Luke Dormehl specializes in technology and its human impact.