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Robo-Cop (05:53)


Statisticians and geographers once analyzed data and created maps to predict higher crime areas. HunchLab uses algorithms to predict where and when crimes will occur with greater accuracy, and to recommend patrol type and strategy. Hear examples of input data.

Philadelphia Predictive Policing Experiment (03:18)

Criminal justice professor Jerry Ratcliff tested HunchLab with the Philadelphia Police Department. Learn about the terms of the pilot study. Software was better at predicting crime than randomly selecting neighborhoods; patrolling in marked cars decreased crime by 31%.

Predictive Policing Controversy (04:29)

Algorithms relying on arrest data and racially biased inputs are profiling African-American and Hispanic communities—calling into question algorithm neutrality. The Brennan Center for Justice sued the NYPD for policing tactic information. Robert Cheetham defends HunchLab's transparency and neutrality.

Mind Control (03:24)

Humans associate higher ranked list items with authenticity. Google has been accused of deliberately misleading billions of users through biased search results. Hear examples of factors analyzed to produce result lists.

Mind Games (04:15)

Up to 50% of people hired through traditional methods leave their jobs. The Pymetrics system uses algorithms and online tests to screen job candidates and assess skills, personalities, and performance without bias. It increases hiring efficiency and job retention.

Job Recruitment Algorithm (04:26)

Singapore bank DBS uses Pymetrics for screening and hiring managers. They have also developed Jobs Intelligence Maestro. Recruitment consultant Ishan Aggarwal cautions against overlooking human elements of the hiring process.

Because You Watched... (08:47)

On-demand entertainment choices can be overwhelming. Netflix grew from renting DVDs to streaming to 130 million subscribers. It relies on algorithms to personalize and recommend titles. Learn about its identification of "taste communities" and use of diverse content.

What the Future has in Store (04:58)

Frictionless shopping bypasses the checkout line. The Deep Magic kiosk uses algorithms to track customer movements and charge purchases automatically facilitating 24 hour sales. Providing retailers with customer preference data will allow them to compete with online companies.

Playing Doctor (06:11)

China's healthcare demand outstrips supply. Yitu Healthcare uses algorithms to screen CT scans for lung cancer and assist over-worked radiologists in making accurate diagnoses. AI and humans can collaborate to solve future problems.

Credits: Algorithms: How They Rule Our World: Episode 2 (00:41)

Credits: Algorithms: How They Rule Our World: Episode 2

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Algorithms: How They Rule Our World: Episode 2

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Algorithms can be complex webs of code, or simple ciphers. It functions like a set of rules, streamlining every aspect of our lives. But can math and the computers that calculate it, be wrong? What happens when we leave life changing decisions in the hands of what some data scientists call “opinions buried in math”? How do we find the ghosts in the machine or rogue codes that aren’t making the right decisions at all? Can we game the system and beat the algorithm? We look at how humans are trying to wrestle back control. And use algorithms to change the world in good ways rather than bad. How are humans trying to survive in the age of algorithms?

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL188652

Copyright date: ©2018

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