The year we get creeped out by algorithms
by Zeynep Tufekci at Nieman Lab
“Algorithmic judgment is the uncanny valley of computing.”
It turns out computers have a built-in “uncanny valley” (that creepy feeling android robots generate when they kind of look human). Just like we don’t want robots too human-shaped — we want them to know their place — it turns out we aren’t too happy when our computers go from “smart” (as in automating things and connecting us to each other or information) to “smart” (as in “let me make that decision for you”).
Algorithmic judgment is the uncanny valley of computing.