A World Run on Algorithms

Sharing core norms and values
Sep 28, 2013 | Atlantic Council

Mostly without public awareness, algorithms are the motors of software that governs the operation of digital devices, from modern airplanes and the electric grid system to our laptops, tablets and smartphones. This paper by the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) finds that algorithms are also the key to big data analytics that are used to mine and exploit the personal data that is collected and stored daily in ever increasing quantities by business and government. The paper also identifies the benefits of algorithms in extending the frontiers of science, understanding the natural environment, improving health, making cities more energy and resource efficient, increasing access to knowledge and education, widening personal networks, and enhancing productivity.

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