Conference algocracy

'The algocracy: algorithms about to seize power'


Hugues Bersini questions the algorithms that inhabit our daily lives and explains them.
Beyond algorithms that help and advise, such as GPS, search engines, dating sites and circular economy software, there is another much more formidable category that imprisons us within its lines of code with no possible way out. For example, systems for enrolling in educational institutions, accessing loans, or more recently, apps to combat the COVID-19 crisis. In view of this algorithmic invasion, has the time come to replace democracy with algocracy?



Hugues Bersini teaches computer science and programming at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), where he is Head of the Artificial Intelligence research laboratory. He is the co-creator and scientific coordinator of the new FARI Institute devoted to the development of algorithms for the common good. He is also a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium. Author of three hundred publications, he has also written a dozen introductory books on programming, artificial intelligence and complex systems that have become seminal works in the academic world.

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