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The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms

Programme Run: 1 X 60 Minutes
Production: BBC
First Transmitted: 2015 HD available

Mathematician Prof Marcus Du Sautoy demystifies the hidden world of algorithms. By showing us some of the algorithms most essential to our lives, he reveals where these two-thousand year old problem solvers came from; how they work, what they have achieved and how they are now so advanced they can even programme themselves.

 

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Without us noticing, modern life has been taken over. Algorithms run everything from search engines on the internet, to sat navs and credit card data security – they even help us travel the world, find love and save lives. 

 


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