Thinking and Deciding Algorithmically: Solutions to Everyday Problems

We come across problems every day that forces us to make difficult choices. Our inherent biases hardwired in our brains, makes our decisions less than optimal. What if we find solutions to everyday problems from algorithms/computer science? Thinking algorithmically about the world, understanding the fundamental structures of the problems we face can help us see how good we actually are, and better understand the errors that we make.
Optimal stopping tells us when to look and when to leap. The Explore-Exploit trade-off tells us how to find the balance between trying new things and enjoying our favourites. The Sort-Search trade-off tells us when our effort in arranging stuff makes sense.
It is important that we use and understand these and similar algorithms so that we are better prepared for the age of the machines.

Blockchain Powered Wisdom of Crowds: will transform the way we decide and buy

As a society, we are now comfortable trusting aggregated reviews of unknown individuals, forming the foundation of the Trust Economy. Blockchain brings in greater transparency and is set to improve the trust economy. Blockchain powered trust currency will give a great boost to consumer purchase decisions which are currently driven by the wisdom of crowds. From trusting strangers we could graduate to trusting the views of people who have earned the trust and can establish the same in the public ledger. Welcome the informed Blockchain powered user, who now knows good from the bad, separate wheat from chaff, and the baby from the bath water…..

Ad-Blocking – Is it an Internet Apocalypse in making?

Ads have well-deserved reputation for annoying users and I bet all of us would approve of an ad-free internet. Ad-Blocking feature is already available Safari and Firefox browsers. Is Google Chrome coming up with such a feature too? If yes, will it impact its advertising revenues?
When you allow ads to be shown next to the free content that we consume, you are in-effect “paying” to access the content. So is Ad-Blocking equivalent to stealing? We instinctively believe that information is meant to be free. Read two sides to this Ad-Blocking argument in this blog post…