On failing algorithms

For some perverse reason, despite being my job to write algorithms, I love it when algorithms try and fail. For the “year in review” feature, someone at Facebook thought that just matching a phrase like “it’s a boy!” in a status text meant that this was about a newborn, so obviously it should be in your best moments of the year. In fact, it was placed at the very top (no, I don’t care that much about who’s the Pope :)). Of course, there is the little thing called context. I guess I love these failures because it gives me the illusion(?) that I’m still better than these damn machines… :)

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