A history in Internet – Algorithms (Part I)
Written by: Fion
Hi. I’m Fion, and I’m an Intern at Digital Way Academy. I’m actually a graduate in Accounting, and had never once considered myself as a ‘tech-savvy’ kinda gal. But follow me on a journey to discover more on the history of technology, the internet, video games and all things digital!
Euclidean Algorithm and the Enchantress of Numbers
The Euclidean Algorithm recognises that a GCD can be calculated “two at a time”. Taking our previous example, if 5 is the GCD of 30 and also the GCD of 25, it can also mean that the GCD of 30 subtracted by 25 is also 5. So that means that, if the numbers are both larger, we can attain an algorithm by repeating the same process over and over.
known as the First ‘Computer Programmer’(despite literally living during a century before the invention of Computers). She was introduced to Charles Babbage, also known as The Father of
the Computer and became close colleagues.
of Charles’s designs, also known
as the Analytical Engine. And in 1843, Babbage asked Lovelace to translate a description of his engine, which was Italian, and the rest was history.
her own notes and realised that
the existing computation was more than meets the eye. She basically wrote a program to calculate complicated numbers, also known as the Bernoulli numbers.
How the Algorithm of the Internet Affects Our Lives
‘Algorithms have the capability to shape individuals’ decisions without them even knowing it, giving those who have control of the algorithms an unfair position of power.’ – Lee Rainie & Janna Anderson, February 8, 2017
Internet influencers are playing a bigger part in influencing children in their day-to-day lives compared to celebrities. Celebrities have always been somewhat strict with their Public Relations, and control themselves in front of the masses. This is purely because when they partake in any work, they’re tied to a company. Whereas Internet Influencers are pretty much having the Laissez-faire movement. As long as they get viewers and more engagement, they’re good to go.
So how does that impact the Algorithms on the internet and how does it affect us?
The world is driven by Social Media. As Bailey Parnell pointed out, Social Media has impacted our mental health, our growth and how the society works as whole, whether with intention or not. As long as someone famous does something, the masses would follow. It’s just how it works. When we take that into context, for example, the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, the more people search for it, the more clicks it gets, and the more it affects the Algorithm. So eventually, even if you’ve not known about it from the start, you’ll eventually fall into the trap. And then this creates something known as a “trend”.
Putting this into the real world, this means that, the more people ‘click’ on something, or the longer someone watches a video uploaded on the internet, it affects the algorithm or the Robot behind it. And thus the Robot or the AI would consider “Ah, people like this, so why not introduce it to other people.” So even if you didn’t know about Logan Paul, you’ll eventually see his recommended video in your Youtube feed.
So the next time you wonder to yourself how you’ve gotten an advertisement on Facebook for sales on shoes, it’s most likely your habits that Facebook’s algorithm is picking up….or your friends’.