algorithms shape the worldThis article is about a talk by Kevin Slavin in the video below.  His conversation in the video is based on algorithms and how it is used to give data a shape. He talks about how millions of tiny pieces of data can be processed into useful information.

He starts the conversation explaining how computers used algorithms and how they affect our day to day live. He continues to explain how it also helps in the operation of major institutions with example stated of the Wall Street and the Air Force.

Kevin explains how algorithms are always working in the background and how algorithms have started working in sync with other algorithms to produce effective results. This efficient and effective use of algorithms has actually increased the speed in our lives.

While explaining how the algorithms become efficient in giving the information required, they do not know when to stop processing data. The human intervention is required to retrieve the data required as and when it becomes available.

He gave a simple example of NetFlix which ran data tests on people to find out the movies which were in demand. The improved tests were developed to determine the review of movies before they became famous so that the actual results would be generated in time.

He continued that algorithms are meant to process data with the greatest speeds with the aim of simplifying different pieces of complex data into very easy readable information.

He concluded his conversation by saying that it wasn’t money itself, but the things that money motivates to create the future of processing data.

This conversation has enlightened the viewers with very valuable information. The video player also has the option in the navigation toolbar to set the subtitles to your preferred language in case you are not very comfortable with English.

Video – Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

(filmed at TED Global 2011 Conference)

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