As society becomes increasingly dependent on algorithms for advice and decision-making, the question of how we can trust them is reaching critical mass. Among the various initiatives (ethical frameworks, transparency research, bias reducing methods etc), a Melbourne University research team has taken a different approach. What if we could stress-test algorithms, visualise them and their possible scenarios?
After more than a decade of research, the new online algorithm analysis tool – MATILDA: Melbourne Algorithm Test Instance Library with Data Analytics – has been launched.
Check it out. Maybe if Google had used it earlier on some of their Maps algorithms, it could have prevented the last mile error that got 100 drivers stuck on a private muddy road!
Google Maps – the algorithm error: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/26/us/google-maps-detour-colorado-trnd