Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?

Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?
Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?
Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?
Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?
Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?
Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?
I have a lot of thoughts and notes on this, but it's not fully organized yet. It'll be a mytake/article one day. But not today. For now, I'm curious what you think.
Good.
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Harm.
Vote B
Technology is benign, Amanda! (I knoow thaat. I'm talking about the people BEHIND the algorithms, programming them. But I'll give you your damn neutral here anyway. And call you non-commital pussy, cause you deserve it then. Ha.)
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  • I clicked "benign" because it's more complex than good/bad

    Algorithms are developed so we can meet people who share interests. The problem isn't the algorithms, it's that because of social media we end up with only people who think a certain way being thrown into our lives.

    That creates group-think, which in a company causes problems. in a society it creates division, racism, sexism. It creates an atmosphere where hate and prejudice thrive.

    Zuckerfart didn't consider the impact on around 45% of the global population of magnifying the foolish ideas of a handful of individuals. The online impact of just 12 antivaxxers for example. Over half the antivax misinformation has been traced to just 12 people who 30 years ago wouldn't have been given the time of day by intelligent people. But put it online in a fancy website and suddenly millions of people are impacted by this "benign" algorithm.

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  • They have some useful purposes, for sure. But I HATE being spied on and having data on me collected. Corporations and government agencies who employ algorithms have generally evil intent that is all about money and control. The Nazis and Soviet's, for example, would have loved the technology.

    So, I say that algorithms are scary as hell. They are capable of far more harm than good.
    Regardless of the conveniences, I'd be happy going back to a pre-digital world.

    • Fuck yeah.

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  • Assuming you mean in the social media sense, rather than the purely mathematical, harm. I'm not certain, though, how much of the blame they should really take; a voice that leads people astray doesn't bear responsibility for them choosing to listen or not. A voice that becomes so loud it drowns others out is a different story- but can you blame a merchant for fulfilling demand it didn't itself create?

    • Yes I can. And I will address that in my article later.

    • I look forward to reading it.

  • I think they're good because you can keep building off of it. When you have a procedure that as a start and they finish point it will take you to a place not called the end yet but get the formula that you can use to become smarter for new ideas the whole thing is very interesting but I just can't wrap my head around it LOL

  • they do pretty much everything for us... which is good and great on the broader sense of things however... there's the few ones that are intended to be used as a mean to manipulate and to take advantage, and these ones are sure doing a lot of damage, if not just that taking advantage

  • They only do good cause they recommend me good things to watch. :P

    • Lynx and algorithms, sittin' in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!

    • exactly :D

  • I'm not even tech savvy but I'm totally cool with it and voted Good. 😊😊😊

  • I'd say they cancel each other out

    Do you think algorithms do more harm, or more good?

    Waves of a feather, have nice frequencies together🤔🧐🤨😳🤯💥🧠💫👁️🌬️🧠

  • well since adverts and politics both suck, yes

  • All computers use algorithms in their programs. Without algorithms we would not have much of a computer.
    However, companies like Twitter and Facebook purposely adjust their algorithms to censor conservative viewpoints. Twitter censored the New York Post with the intent to bury the Hunter Biden corruption scandal days before the election. Many people said afterwards that if they knew what Hunter and his father did they would not have voted for him. So yes in this case they do more harm than good.

    • Censorship is all around. It most definitely is not party-centric.

    • No? maybe not in Canada but in the US it is really slanted towards the left. Twitter banned the former President of the United States. That speaks volumes.

    • Because he incited a fucking riot.

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  • It is both harmful and good. Obviously our privacy is gone, corporations are Big Brother, not the government. Companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google know more about us then the government. But the algorithms behind this can be so dangerous, but we've seen where they have been life saving, with medical notifications and encouraging healthy lifestyles. Machines are part of our lives, we have to learn to live with them because they are not going away.

  • Tools to be used

  • "algorythms" don't do a lot of damage. but machine learning and ai does. simply cause the complexity of that shit is already way above peoples heads and they los grip on understanding what those things even do.

    you see that with youtube and facebook. one scandal after the other. one part of course is predatory business practices. but a big part is: they don't know what the fuck their ai is even doing anymore.

  • A lot more harm than good, especially with YouTube… they messed up a lot of really good upcoming youtubers that were actually delivering great content and putting the work into it, to allowing tik Tom influencers and idiots with no talent being featured on algorithm rather than the talented and hard working influencers, comedians, photographers and so on.

    • 🤛 right on.

  • They do good

    • Examples?

  • Wouldnät be able to read one

  • More context is needed to answer this because the point of algorithms are to basically be problem solvers. So without context this question is too vague to answer in my opinion woth certainty.

    So if you twisted my arm and said just answer the question with either a more harm or more good. I'd say good because I believe more people behind the algorithms are good intentioned than bad.

  • They do more harm. Facebook used to be an interesting place before the algorithms. No it's just a confirmation bias on steroids. Half of the social and political problems this country is facing today have been caused by Facebook. (And I'm not talking about the users. I mean the company.)

    • I'll give you standing ovation on that one, Jamie. 👏👏👏 Totally with you. Facebook is negligent.

    • Thanks!!

    • But I have to amend your statement slightly, if you don't mind. I don't think it's negligence. The problems are caused because of their actions, not despite them or the lack thereof. They set that system up intentionally (to make more money).

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  • Algorithms are just tools. Their alignment only matches those who use them.

    • Yes I know that, I wrote that. The question is just as much about the people behind them.

  • Artificial intelligence might mimic human thinking but it has no humanity.

    • Ooooh. I like it. 👌

  • Good.

  • As a person who makes a living by implementing algorithms invented by others and on rare occasions inventing my own algorithms, I say the intentions behind them are always good. It is the intent behind the use of the algorithm that is either good or bad.
    Algorithm is a tool!

    • "I say the intentions behind them are always good." You sure about that?

    • I can only speak for myself, so yes!