Algorithmic agents permeate every instant of our online existence. Based on our digital profiles built from the massive surveillance of our digital existence, algorithmic agents rank search results, filter our emails, hide and show news items on social networks feeds, try to guess what products we might buy next for ourselves and for others, what movies we want to watch, and when we might be pregnant. Algorithmic agents select, filter, and recommend products,
information, and people; they increasingly customize our physical environments, including the temperature and the mood .
Bodo, B.; Helberger, N; Irion, K; Zuiderveen Borgesius, K; Moller, J; van de Velde, B; Bol, N; van Es, B; and de Vreese, C
"Tackling the Algorithmic Control Crisis -the Technical, Legal, and Ethical Challenges of Research into Algorithmic Agents,"
Yale Journal of Law and Technology: Vol. 19
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjolt/vol19/iss1/3