The machines that replace us do not have to have super-intelligence to execute a takeover with overwhelming impacts. They must merely extend as they have been, rapidly becoming more invisible, autonomous and crucially instrumental in our essential systems.

It’s the Algorithm Age. In the next few years humans in most positions in the world of work will be nearly 100 percent replaced by or partnered with smart software and robots —’black box’ invisible algorithm-driven tools. Algorithms are driving the world. We are information. Everything is code. We are dependent upon and merging with our machines. Advancing the rights of the individual in this vast, complex network is difficult and crucial.

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As originally published on 12 August 2015 on


By Janna Anderson, a professor of communications at Elon University and director of its Imagining the Internet Center, she is also a contract researcher for the Internet, Science and Technology Project at Pew Research.