People trust algorithms more than other human beings, study finds. Who do they think programs those computers?

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No matter how many algorithmic ‘glitches’ and backdoors we find in our electronics, we can’t seem to put them down. Most of us would argue we need technology, but a growing subset trust it more than people. Why? In an era where humans are hamstrung by fear of bias, it’s easier to delegate certain tasks to computers, especially if the task is particularly trying or difficult. Certainly it’s hard to believe a seemingly-impartial silicon chip could be anything other than immune to the social pressures of human interaction in all its forms. But someone has to program the algorithms that make these devices work, and chances are that “someone” has their own set of prejudices and preconceived notions that they don’t check at the door when they arrive at work every day…..Read More



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