Forbes admits algorithms and editors mean “we will know less and less”


Very interesting article in mainstream media Forbes reflecting on how  algorithmic or human editorial decisions control what we see online, meaning “we will know less and less.”

“The majority of what we know about the latest on the Syrian civil war, or reconstruction in Haiti or the spread of the Zika virus is determined by editorial decisions of what is “important” or “relevant” for us to know. As computer algorithms begin to play an ever-growing role in making these decisions for us, we are fast reaching a world where “likes” will become the new arbitrator of what is important in the world and where, in spite of more and more information, we will know less and less,”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2016/02/14/the-zika-virus-and-how-algorithms-and-media-effects-impact-our-understanding-of-global-issues/#2b4f460c6b0a

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