Kevin Slavin: How Algorithms Shape Our World

 

Kevin Slavin is an entrepreneur, provocateur, and raconteur. He co-founded Are/Code, a company that designs games for various platforms, and Starling, a TV co-viewing network.

In this talk from the TEDGlobal held in July 2011, Kevin illuminates the role algorithms play in our world. He explains the complexity of algorithms in environments such as the stock market. He uses several examples to point out how humans have managed to write code, which has led to drastic results that no one truly understands and which subsequently no one can control.