Oct. 11, 2011 -- TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. At the TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to share a brilliant idea -- in 18 minutes. These talks are made available free online at TED.com.
ABC News is taking a deeper look into the remarkable work of TED speakers and their ideas, and featuring playlists of great TEDTalks on ABCNews.com.
We're living in a world increasingly controlled by algorithms. In this riveting talk, Kevin Slavin shows how these complex computer programs determine espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, even architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can't understand, with implications we can't control.