[NetBehaviour] Algorithms and Control.
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Fri Jan 11 14:28:37 CET 2013
Algorithms and Control.
By Robert Jackson.
Algorithms have become a hot topic of political lament in the last few
years. The literature is expansive; Christopher Steiner's upcoming book
Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World attempts to lift
the lid on how human agency is largely helpless in the face of precise
algorithmic bots that automate the majority of daily life and business.
So too, is this matter being approached historically, with Chris Bishop
and John MacCormick's Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future, outlining
the specific construction and broad use of these procedures (such as
Google's powerful PageRank algorithm, and others used in string
searching, (i.e regular expressions, cryptography and compression,
Quicksort for database management). The Fast Fourier Transform, first
developed in 1965, is perhaps the most widely used algorithm in digital
communications, which is responsible for breaking down irregular signals
into their pure sine-wave components. But how are we to critically
analyse what the specific global dependences of algorithmic
infrastructure are doing to the world?
Robert Jackson, is currently studying an MPhil/PhD at the University of
Plymouth, in the research group KURATOR/Arts and Social Technologies,
Faculty of Arts and Media (formally Faculty of Technology). His thesis
focuses on Algorithmic Artworks, Art Formalism and Speculative Realist
Ontologies, looking at digital artworks which operate as configurable
units rather than networked systems, and attain independent autonomy
themselves which are capable of aesthetics, rather than any supposed
primary function as communicative, rational tools.
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