The interaction of man and machine can make our lives easier.But what will the world look like when algorithms control our hospitals, our roads, our culture, and our national security?There are algorithms that can pick out the most cohesive crew of astronauts for a space mission or identify the next Jeremy Lin.Some can even ingest statistics from baseball games and spit out pitch-perfect sports journalism indistinguishable from that produced by humans.
These days, high-level tasks are increas The rousing story of the last gasp of human agency and how today’s best and brightest minds are endeavoring to put an end to it.
These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance.
The May 2010 “Flash Crash” exposed Wall Street’s reliance on trading bots to the tune of a 998-point market drop and trillion in vanished market value. In Automate This, we meet bots that are driving cars, penning haiku, and writing music mistaken for Bach’s.
They listen in on our customer service calls and figure out what Iran would do in the event of a nuclear standoff.
What happens to businesses when we automate judgment and eliminate human instinct?