The Conspiracy of the Algorithm

People aren’t wrong to feel like their lives are increasingly out of their control. Twenty-first-century technology guarantees it.

Illustration by Mark Harris

On January 27, 1948, IBM presented its latest computer to the American public in about as public a fashion as then possible. The company had leased a former ladies’ shoe store on East Fifty-Seventh Street, next door to its New York offices. Behind a large plateglass window, IBM installed its brand-new Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator, […]

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