Your new life coach is an algorithm

How data can help you make better decisions.

How algorithms can help you make decisions

6 years ago
Duration 1:01
Brian Christian, co-author of Algorithms to Live By, explains how algorithms can help us make major life decisions.

This segment first aired in May or 2016.

When it comes to solving your problems where do you turn? Do you look to your Mom? A best friend? Your trusty dog?

Did someone say algorithms?

Well you might already be turning to algorithms more often than you think, according Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths.

They're the authors of the book Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions. It's all about how some of our everyday human problems can be untangled through algorithms.

Brian and Tom say algorithms can help us do everything from organizing the papers on our desk to finding a romantic partner.

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When it comes to making decisions in your own life, are you more analytical or a go-with-your-gut type?

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