The Secret Influence Of Algorithms (Infographic)

Posted on Jun 13 2014 - 8:50am by Alexandra Ashton


The world as we know it has never been more complicated. In China, people can download movies secretly but get punished when caught. In Iraq, there’s a war that we don’t even get to really experience because we’re so far from the war zone and too busy dissecting the plots of Game of Thrones. But in the midst of this complexity is a robotic assistant that helps us make sense of the world around us and that complex super-robot is the algorithm running secretly behind the internet world.

When people become really involved with their smartphones, they become identified as extension of the phone. And that is no less true in our world where algorithms dictate our identity’s structure, form it without our knowing and distinguish our egos from nothing. People may become very disinterested in purchasing products that are so tech-driven that it haunts them like a hypochondriac would be, but there’s no denying that the infiltration of algorithms in our lives transform the world we see the way the world is transformed by the movies of Peter Jackson and some of the rare Bisaya Short Films available around.

This infographic can help you understand how algorithms can combine and weigh your personal options in your Facebook profile and match that with the products you might want to consume. The algorithm dynamics is not a threat, no; at least, not yet. In fact, it has helped quietly solve complex real-world problems such as predicting earthquakes (or attempt to do so), help map out a place where a crime might occur and help forecast what chart-topping songs would be for tomorrow by weighting musical features like tempo, loudness and how energetic the song is. Imagine the tomorrow of your song choices. How free is free will then? Learn more about the dynamics of algorithms with this infographic.


About the Author

Alexandra Ashton, Communications at Neomam Studios , the UK based Infographic Agency. Alexandra is a content and design enthusiast with a keen eye for detail.