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10 algorithms that rule the world

reposted from @holykaw and io9

The type of power that now runs the world is different from the powers that used to run it. Nowadays, real power lies in technology. These ten algorithms have more power than any human being has, and more than any computer should have. Think about Google, for example. Google dominates about two-thirds of the core search market share. That’s a lot of power.

As silly as it might seem, OKCupid is also one of the most powerful algorithms in the world, considering more and more people are meeting online. The other algorithms on this list might surprise you, such as autotune. And, if you haven’t heard of it, IBM’s CRUSH might make Minority Report a reality.

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