[See “About this canvassing of experts” for further details about the limits of this sample.] Participants were asked to explain their answers, and most wrote detailed elaborations that provide insights about hopeful and concerning trends.
Respondents were allowed to respond anonymously; these constitute a slight majority of the written elaborations.
They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. The internet runs on algorithms and all online searching is accomplished through them. Online dating and book-recommendation and travel websites would not function without algorithms.
Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment By Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson Algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task. GPS mapping systems get people from point A to point B via algorithms.
Hacking, cyberattacks and cryptographic code-breaking exploit algorithms.
Self-learning and self-programming algorithms are now emerging, so it is possible that in the future algorithms will write many if not most algorithms.
Computer and video games are algorithmic storytelling.