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The Algorithmic Age (the Forum)

27 February 2018, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Looking for love? Ask your computer, since 1 in 5 couples now first meet online. Have we outsourced love to abstract algorithms? And what about elections or our summer getaways? From the targeted marketing of political campaigns to the predictive typing that preempts your Google search, machines may know us better than we know ourselves. We explore how far modern life is mediated by the computation of data, and ask whether we should trust in the algorithm or find ways to outwit it.


Abeba Birhane
Postgraduate Researcher in Cognitive Science, University College Dublin

Neil Lawrence
Professor of Machine Learning, University of Sheffield
Director of Machine Learning, Amazon

Martin Robbins
Writer for The GuardianVice, and Little Atoms on AI


Shahidha Bari
Fellow, The Forum
Senior Lecturer in Romanticism, Queen Mary, University of London


27 February 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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