Albion College
Mathematics and Computer Science
Algorithms That Control Our Lives
David Sumpter

Professor of Applied Mathematics

University of Uppsala

In a world of fake news, Facebook scandals and psychological warfare, mathematician David Sumpter investigates how much influence algorithms truly have over our behaviors. Algorithms permeate our modern lives and analyze our online behaviors constantly, so much so that it's hard to know if you can trust your digital devices and social media accounts. But just how statistically sound are algorithms like those used by Cambridge Analytica? How well can they really categorize us and influence our behaviors?

A talk given at The Royal Institution on 17 May 2018.

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September 17, 2020