Black box algorithms – the darker side of digital revolution

Whether you get a job or a mortgage, who you date or where you eat – algorithms increasingly determine the big and small decisions in our lives. We may not be aware, but behind the scenes, many companies, and increasingly governments too, are using or plan to use algorithms to automate bureaucratic processes and business decisions. Because algorithms are faster and more efficient than people. But do they always make better decisions? Can algorithms be misused for monetary gains at the cost of others? With these questions in mind, this article explores the darker side of black box algorithms that we as a society must address as our lives become increasingly intertwined with modern digital technologies.

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