In this article by Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson, algorithms* are said to be aimed at optimizing everything. They can simplify things, make daily chores easier and even be life-saving. But, there is a growing concern that they put too much power into government agencies. Knowing how to interpret data derived from algorithms can influence several areas. RE
*a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.