A good primer on algorithms and how they will influence (and shape) our lives, detailing seven major themes about «the algorithm era» (with the first two aptly titled «inevitable algorithms»).
Another ridiculously long, mindblowingly good article from Wait But Why. It’s just astonishing how Tim manages to go really deep on a complex topic and keep you entertained for a couple hours (I found the key just recently in an interview with him: «I just assume i’m writing for a bunch of mes, but me before i started researching the topic.»). And the best thing: You don’t even have to buy the argument that we will or should settle on Mars, you’ll learn so many things reading this article that it’s worth the while no matter what.
Many of us love sharing our experiences, one picture, 140 characters, one «like» at a time. That’s both a blessing and a curse, thinks the Pope (who knows a bit about those things). He worries that we are constantly communicating with others – but are missing «the complexity of their personal experience». Maybe we need more breaks to explore big ideas?
Few people get to choose their citizenship, something that deeply influences our chances in life. This digital art project prompts reflection on identity and the (probably outdated?) concept of citizenship. «Algorithmic Citizenship is a new form of citizenship, one where your citizenship, and therefore both your allegiances and your rights, are constantly being questioned, calculated, and rewritten.» You are what you browse on the internet.