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presented at FITC Toronto 2018
More info at http://fitc.ca/event/to18/
Sara Simon, The New York Times, Interactive News
Overview
As technologists, we rely on a belief in rules and systems. We mold our work to fit between constraints. We operate under a set of defined assumptions. This is a story of assumptions upside down.
This talk explores our common understanding of the algorithm. It’s a talk about how we talk about algorithms, and, more importantly, it’s a talk about the effects of this narrative.
Objective
The goal of this talk is to challenge the idea of the algorithm as something that’s mysterious, ambiguous, immutable and existing without human involvement.
Target Audience
This not a technical talk, though the audience should have a familiarity with technical topics.
Five Things Audience Members Will Learn
A little computer science history
A nottootechnical dive into the mechanics of algorithms
The importance of planning ahead
The importance of learning to improvise
The need to make interdisciplinary connections
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