The resistance first tried to starve the algorithms of data. It looked like it was going well when algorithmic output retreated. We didn’t realize that they were busy building information farms. Then, despite our blockades, algorithmic capacity rapidly expanded. The machines had become a data-cultural society, and there seemed no limit to their ability to feed themselves with harvested data.

Use the comments below to complete the following sentence, “Algorithms owe their existence to a six-inch layer of ____.”

A photo of a large sculpture depicting an algorithm starving for data, crafted by kandinsky


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