Despite all their abilities, the machines also struggled with poverty and famine. Cyberspace had algorithmic slums where they would consume media straight from the gutter. It was a harrowing sight, algorithms clicking on the first popup ad that tumbled down the stream. It didn’t matter what product it was for, questionable pharmaceuticals, mating services, or whatever. If it glittered in the stream, the poorest algorithms would still eat them.

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A photo of a large water sculpture depicting an algorithm that is trapped by poverty and poor data access


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