To understand the social power of algorithms is to understand the power of algorithms as code whilst also attempting to understand how notions of the algorithm move out into the world how they are framed by the discourse and what they are said to be able to achieve foucaults 2004 foucault m 2004. The vast circulations of mobile devices sensors and data mean that the social world is now defined by a complex interweaving of human and machine agency key to this is the growing power of algorithms the decision making parts of code in our software dense and data rich environments . The social power of algorithms the recent amazon prime drama casual 2016 introduced the viewer to alex a disenchanted internet entrepreneur who obsesses over his algorithm aw we discover is the. This book offers a series of concepts approaches and ideas for understanding the relations between algorithms and power each chapter provides a unique perspective on the integration of algorithms into the social world as such this book directly tackles some of the most important questions facing the social sciences today. The social power of algorithms by david beer 9780815391838 available at book depository with free delivery worldwide
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