The Age of Algorithms

The Pew Research Centre has just published a terrific study called Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Ageby Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson. Besides being a great pun, it is a really informative look at how algorithms are shaping and influencing every aspect of our lives, including news and social media, of course. It lays out 7 themes on the “algorithm era” under three broad categories: Inevitable algorithms, concerns, and societal challenges. It’s fascinating and informative reading.