Remember that picture I posted the other day of the protester from 1963?
Well, I posted it on Pinterest, too, and today I got a message from that social media service headlined, “Pins you’ll love!”
Pinterest thinks it knows me. It’s decided that what I want to see is natty young black men in skinny retro ties.
People worry about increasingly intuitive algorithms knowing too much about them. I look at the way those programs actually work, and have to smile. They have a tendency, shall we say, to leap to thinly supported conclusions.
You especially get wild results when the principal medium of expression is photographs, which are so subject to misinterpretation. I’m a word guy; I was interested in the words on the protester’s sign. All Pinterest saw was the picture….