Wednesday, 14 September 2011

How algorithms shape our world

Interesting TED talk by Kevin Slavin, which mentions the role of Physicists writing Black Box trading algorithms for Wall Street:
 Slavin warns that
we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control
but, as Wolfram has argues with The Principle of Computational Equivalence, this is trivially true even for fundamentally simple systems.

Somewhat related, is Eric Berlow's TED talk on How complexity leads to simplicity, especially the dramatic simplification of an overly complicated network diagram to its essence.

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