On Algorithmic Transparency
You don’t have to be a social media or search guru to wonder about how algorithms affect you and others. Algorithms are everywhere. They determine how long you wait at a red light, what interest rates you get and whether you’re likely to receive special attention with airport security.
Trying to understand all this code ourselves is a fool’s errand – especially with the emerging world of machine learning. Instead, there’s a better approach and it starts with understanding the objectives of the code and which of our own goals it’s designed to meet.
I’m talking about mission-driven software, and there are some reasons why it will be good for us and the companies that build it.