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Pop Loser #98

by Tyler Hellard

 

Learning to Fool Our Algorithmic Spies

www.nytimes.com

If computers end up destroying us, it'll be because of some algorithm doing something to us we couldn't possibly have predicted.

Maybe knowing that we’re being monitored by judgmental algorithms could affect our behavior, too. If this is the case — if awareness of mechanical all-seeing eyes changes how we see and comport ourselves — then, well, how? I started thinking about a version of this question a few months ago, recording small instances where I could. What I ended up with was a list not of behavioral improvements or of flashes of self-aware accountability but of tiny, neurotic evasions.

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