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Which Algorithm Are You?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Marty Kaplan

I used to believe my tastes marked me as an individual. Now, thanks to algorithms, I know that I belong to taste tribes, and that I'm way more predictable than I could ever have imagined.

Inequality, Automation and the Political Class

Robert Moran | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Robert Moran

America's political class would prefer to keep the discourse safely symbolic, put the vote buying on the federal credit card and retire into a comfortable lobbying or association post. In sterile business-speak, our time horizons are misaligned. But reality intrudes.

Dispute Over Divorce or Inheritance? Try This 'Envy-Free' Algorithm

Steven J. Brams | Posted 04.08.2014 | Science
Steven J. Brams

The problem of fairly dividing a divisible good, such as cake or land, between two people probably goes back to the dawn of civilization. But this problem pales in comparison to that of fairly dividing indivisible items, such as in a divorce or in the division of an estate between two heirs.

Video's Hidden 'Secret Sauce' Marketers Need To Know

Scott MacFarland | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

When a video is produced and shared, it has many benefits. Video has several powerful characteristics that make it a great storytelling medium. What we tend to forget is that SEO and quality score are also impacted.

Did Edward Snowden Kill the Search Engine Optimization Industry?

Chad Pollitt | Posted 11.29.2013 | Technology
Chad Pollitt

This past week has contained a couple of heart-skipping declarations for the SEO industry. The most recent was Google's announcement of its latest algorithm update -- Hummingbird.

Hearing the Shape of a Room

Ian Stewart | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Ian Stewart

This time it's echoes that matter, not vibrations. An echo arises when a pulse of sound hits something and bounces back. Sound travels quite fast, but it's not instantaneous, so the geometry of the room creates delays in the timing.

The Algorithm of Hollywood

Seth Jaret | Posted 07.10.2013 | Media
Seth Jaret

While I'm in favor of any great idea that might improve the quality of a screenplay -- or movies as a whole -- I am conflicted about what this means for the future of Hollywood... and humankind.

How Matchmaking Technology Can Help Reduce Teacher Turnover

Cassie Slane | Posted 04.19.2013 | Impact
Cassie Slane

The U.S education system faces a number of challenges, but I think we all can agree that good teachers are the backbone of our education system. Witho...


Tony Fish | Posted 06.17.2013 | Technology
Tony Fish

We love algorithms that help and save time. We are less enthusiastic when an algorithm determines our credit-worthiness unfavorably. So, how do we feel about algorithms that make decisions for us in a self-drive car?

Job References Are Pointless

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

If we cared about talent in our organizations, we'd recruit differently. If we cared about talent, we'd scrap the early-twentieth-century recruiting process we follow in nearly every organization.

Lost and Found in Translation

Geoff Cramer | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Geoff Cramer

In 2011, post-9/11 male veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 faced an unemployment rate of 29 percent. Think about that for a moment. Think about that for a moment. Can you imagine a young person, after serving their country in very dangerous situations for a modest paycheck, coming home to an environment where around a third of his or her friends can't find a decent job?

Fat Finger? No Way

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Speed traders make a fraction of a penny in fees, paid by stock exchanges, for each of the quadrillions of orders that traders can execute within mere seconds -- while losing no money, ever.

Internet Trolls: Disconnect and Reflect on Alan Turing

John Pavley | Posted 06.23.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

One of the world's greatest mathematicians and computer scientists would have been 100-years-old today. We are all in Alan Turing's debt. For all the wonderful gifts that Turing gave us, however, he was treated horribly.

Polarization and Algorithms

Richard Geldard | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology
Richard Geldard

The effect of algorithmic control this political season has resulted in an increase in polarization. The result is that increasingly we grow to despise the other side.

Italian Borsa Move May Breed Brave New World of Algos

John Bates | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
John Bates

The Borsa's solution, especially if it is embraced by other trading destinations, may spawn a new generation of intelligent "sensing" algos.

Sniffing Out Socialbots: The Combustive Potential of Social Media-Based Algorithms

John Bates | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
John Bates

With the high frequency-obsessed trading community, speed is essential. And social media, particularly Twitter, is becoming a key source of high-speed information for feeding trading algorithms.

Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

Kevin Slavin | Posted 12.06.2011 | Technology
Kevin Slavin

2011-12-06-vindjfidjggd.jpgIn staring down a Genetic Algorithm, you are staring down the larger questions of what happens when no one is driving, no one is editing, a world without supervision.

Kevin Slavin: How Algorithms Shape Our World

Ted | Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology

jQuery(function($) { $('#ad_sharebox_260x60').prepend(''); }); In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are ex...

How To Create A Data-Driven Startup

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 01.11.2012 | Small Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Building a successful - and sustainable - data-driven enterprise is so much more than simply having better algorithms or a more performant box: It takes great people with data DNA and a model that creates competitive moats around the business.

Let's Not Welcome Computers as Our New Overlords Just Yet

John Bates | Posted 11.06.2011 | Technology
John Bates

If you hand over your decision-making processes to algorithms without employing any sensible controls and monitoring, this is where danger lurks.

Need Advice On What To Read? Ask The Internet | CLAIRE CAIN MILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Netflix uses a software algorithm to recommend movies and Zappos uses one to recommend shoes. Now Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, is in...

Desperate For Holiday Gift Ideas? Try Online Auctions For Charity

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Trolling eBay for holiday deals? You may want to try out a different site this season, which uses online auctions to raise money for schools and nonpr...

Changing Your Brain's Factory Settings

Eric Haseltine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Eric Haseltine

Is there even such a thing as a pull down menu for changing the brain's settings for violence, and if so, where is it? Your brain often guesses wrong about which if-then rules will produce the best results.

Hedge Funds Pushing Out Human Traders, Using More Algorithms

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Asset managers such as hedge funds will probably increase their use of computer programs known as algorithms to execute their stock trades in 2011, ac...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....