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“Crowd Forms Against an Algorithm”

19rich1901The New York Times offers a followup to a previous article regarding Amazon.com’s temporary de-listing of more than 50,000 books a week ago.

“‘Whenever something like this happens, people immediately blame it on conspiracy,’ said Ed Lazowska, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. ‘There are all kinds of ways for things to go wrong that are what I would call unintended consequences of either computer algorithms or human behavior.'”

Unfortunately, however, in typical “he said, she said” fair-and-balanced style, the article still gives weight to a number of conspiracy theorists.  “If it bleeds, it leads.”  See the full article here.

April 18, 2009