London, England April 1, 2017
Learning How To Cook : A Call For DIY Recommendation Algorithms

If data is food for your brain, black-box recommendation algorithms are restaurants that serve food for free and won't tell you what is in the stew.

To sort through content online, given the short attention span most of us suffer from, we need new tools that give us control and agency over the content we expose ourselves to. We need to decide what goes in the stew, even if we are not the ones cooking and serving it.

In this talk, we will discuss the recipes for a DIY recommendation algorithm and its implication from business model to ethics, in a world where we don't all know how to cook, but we do believe in the benefits of a balanced diet.