The Algorithms Affecting Your Everyday Life
Byline: Mark Prigg
SEARCH It's the algorithm we all rely on pretty much every time we go online but Google's PageRank, the secret to the firm's success, is still a constantly evolving piece of computer code. Google's vast team of engineers makes around 500 changes a year to improve it and to head off the attempts by commercial firms to master its secret and propel themselves up the search listings.
WEATHER The Met Office's weather prediction algorithm has, admittedly, had some notable failures, with forecasters wincing every time you ask them about a "barbecue summer". However, technically at least it's impressive, using one of Britain's most powerful supercomputers, which is capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second. Other weather prediction firms also have their own, highly guarded algorithms, including app maker Accuweather, which claims its patented "realfeel" algorithm can give a true sense of what it's like outside.
TRAVEL Even getting on the Tube now relies on an algorithm, with Transport for London, Google and smaller app makers all writing ones that promise to get you around London in the fastest possible time. …