Algorithm Armageddon?

2016-06-03 11.25.19Sometimes Amazon’s algorithms make me smile, other times they make me cringe. Now I know that Amazon uses your purchases and those of people who have also bought the same thing as you to make recommendations. (I know I can manually “tune” my recommendations, but sometimes it’s fun to discover new things).

The other day I ordered some more plant clips (see picture above), they’re handy things to have in the potting shed and the allotment, but they wear out and break eventually. As I had seemingly broken the last of our old ones I ordered some more. Now it seems Amazon wants to sell me horse blankets and no we don’t have a horse, but obviously someone out there who also buys plant clips does.

It begs the question however that with all the consumer tracking (and other tracking) that goes on out there, what happens if one day some I buy something, also bought by someone else who also has some other less than savoury delectations? Does anyone screen these things, or is it all automated? My guess is the latter.

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One Response to Algorithm Armageddon?

  1. David says:

    I get some odd Amazon suggestions, too. But I don’t think there’s any people behind them. It’s all computer computations, as far as I can tell. I don’t think many people work at Amazon, to be honest. And with idea of drones doing their deliveries for them, looks like even fewer people will be working there, soon.

    If you do decide to go with the horse blanket, you might want to look at “Mane ‘n Tail” shampoo. I’ve actually heard that this shampoo is a favourite with a lot of people, too. 🙂

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