The TED talk of the month discusses big questions about our societies and our lives, as both algorithms and digital connectivity spread. Complex algorithms that watch, judge and nudge us.
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Zeynep Tufekci is a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her book, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, was published in 2017 by Yale University Press.
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The TED talk of the week comes from neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris. We’re going to build superhuman machines, he says, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants.
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Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books cover a wide range of topics — neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, spirituality, violence, human reasoning — but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live. His work has been published in more than 20 languages and has been discussed in the New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and many other journals. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Times (London), the Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology and elsewhere.
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