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Monday, March 10 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Do Algorithms Dream of Viral Content?

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At Upworthy, Eli Pariser has designed a hella fast growing news site, using careful curation, point of view and crafty headline arts to engage people in serious news.
We'll talk about the nature of viralness, feedback and quality and ask, what happens when algorithms are smart enough to figure out what smart content is?
We will also discuss the soul of the new machine, whether computers are actually better at chess (or headlines) than humans and Why Everyone All Of The Sudden is Talking Like This.
Look for a showdown on humans vs. robots, algorithms vs. editors, data vs. intuition. And a spirited discussion on whether there should be a Pulitzer for most viral content.
This discussion is what happens when two lesbians have a baby, someone write an amazing headline about it, builds a business based on the concept and then shows up at SxSW.

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David Carr

Columnist/ReporterThe New York Times

Monday March 10, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D

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