Deadly Algorithms

Posted: Settembre 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: anthropos, au-delà, bio, digital conflict, epistemes & società, postcapitalismo cognitivo | No Comments »

by Susan Schuppli

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Algorithms have long adjudicated over vital processes that help to ensure our well-being and survival, from pacemakers that maintain the natural rhythms of the heart, and genetic algorithms that optimise emergency response times by cross-referencing ambulance locations with demographic data, to early warning systems that track approaching storms, detect seismic activity, and even seek to prevent genocide by monitoring ethnic conflict with orbiting satellites. [1] However, algorithms are also increasingly being tasked with instructions to kill: executing coding sequences that quite literally execute.
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