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What I Learned Surrendering My Life to Algorithms

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Jesse Orrall

"This might not be what the coders had in mind, but that didn't stop me from trying, or from gleaning some helpful insights along the way."

Jesse Orrall is a freelance filmmaker and CNET contributor.

In an effort to better understand online algorithms, how well they work, and how well they know and understand him, Jesse Orrall embarked on an experiment to surrender his life to algorithms for a week. He broke down his daily choices into five categories: what he wears, what he watches, what he eats, what he listens to, and what activities he undertakes.

At the end of the experiment, it became clear that "the recommendations made by these algorithms are imperfect, like the human beings who produce them," he writes.

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