Friday, August 24, 2012

It's a Bright Future If You Are an Algorithm, the New Evolutionary Force

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Kevin Slavin understands algorithms as nature - our world is subject to algorithmic optimization, not just on Wall Street, but in our homes, our architecture, and in our cities. Math is shaping our environments, what he calls the 'physics of culture'.

"It's a bright future if you are an algorithm."

"It takes you 500,000 microseconds just to click a mouse. But if you’re a Wall Street algorithm and you’re five microseconds behind, you’re a loser."

"We’re running through the United States with dynamite and rock saws so that an algorithm can close the deal three microseconds faster, all for a communications framework that no human will ever know; that’s a kind of manifest destiny (for algorithms). We are actually terraforming the Earth itself with this kind of algorithmic efficiency."

Seismic terrestrial effects are being caused by the math we are making. Our landscape has been made by a collaboration between nature and man. "But now there is this third co-evolutionary force - algorithms. And we will have to understand those as nature. And in a way, they are."

Kevin Slavin sees a world where games shape life and life shapes games. ~ O’Reilly Radar

Kevin Slavin: How Algorithms Shape Our World Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for - and increasingly controlled by - algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control. Kevin Slavin navigates in the algoworld, the expanding space in our lives that’s determined and run by algorithms.

As an entrepreneur, Kevin has successfully navigated and integrated the areas of gaming, new media, technology, and design. As Co-founder of Area/Code in 2005, Kevin was a pioneer in rethinking game design and development around new technologies (like GPS) and new platforms (like Facebook). Area/Code worked to develop next-generation game experiences not only for major consumer product groups like Nokia, Nike and Puma but for media giants such as MTV, Discovery Channel, CBS and Disney. Their Facebook game Parking Wars, commissioned byA&E Television to promote its show of the same name, served over 1 billion pages in 2008. The company was acquired by Zynga in 2011, becoming Zynga New York.

Beware of Online Filter Bubbles: Your Internet information is being controlled!

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