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Slate | 05.04.15

Algorithms Can Be Lousy Fortunetellers

Elana Zeide

One week D&S affiliate Elana Zeide is described by the new app Crystal as “a quick learner with strong analytical, creative, and social skills, but may seem scatter-brained, forgetful, and/or sarcastic” and the next week as “pragmatic, independent, and need logical reasons for everything—but [am] able to take a calculated risk when necessary.”

While Zeide it isn’t clear why the app changed its opinion, we are shown why it should be taken with caution and the larger implications that these types of tools can have.

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