TED Talks 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.
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The world feels like a kind of Rube Goldberg device - an intricate and complicated system delivering very modest results. People despair of social systems ever working properly, but maybe complexity is a good thing. A Calgary Institute for the Humanities Community Forum loosens a few knots.
In this interview BJ Fogg, Chair of the Second Persuasive Technology conference at Stanford University in Pao Alto, highlights the importance of persuasion, some potential dangers and describes how we are entering a phase of Persuasion 2.0 for websites.
BJ is also the founder of Stanford’s Persuasive technology Lab and author of ‘Persuasive Technology: Using Computers To Change What We Think And Do’ the publication that pretty much defined the field of study and practice that is now known as Captology (Computers As Persuasive Technologies). He also edited ‘Mobile Persuasion: 20 Perspectives on the Future of Behavior Change’, which he co-edited with Dean Eckles.
How Computers and the Internet are Re-programming Human Behaviour.