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.
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, […]