"Algorithm models and machine learning systems. Whether we realize it or not, our daily lives center around them," explained a team of Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students in their paper for Jason Hong's Social Web course. From recommending additional purchases to trading stock on Wall Street, algorithms help us navigate the overwhelming amount of information and decisions in front of us. However, they may be more involved in our daily lives than people care to admit.
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