For my little piece on Algorithmic Play, I decided to look at the Instagram AI and how it assesses my likes and dislikes. And from there, how it suggests to me, people and businesses to like in the future. I focused mainly on the “people feed” of my Instagram account.
The link to the short (7min) presentation is here.
I covered how Instagram is owned by Facebook and that they share algorithmic code between both companies, as well as user contacts and profiles. I discuss how Instagram makes suggestions for me based on my search history, my demographic, and my previous likes. I note how paid subscriptions are also entering my feed and being cross referenced with demographic and search history, and how all of of this demonstrates an“increased entanglement of agencies in the production of knowledge and culture” (Knox 2015)
Also attached is the transcript of the audio presentation below.