Scientists find secret to writing a best-selling novel: Computer scientists have developed an algorithm which can predict with 84 per cent accuracy whether a book will be a commercial success — and the secret is to avoid cliches and excessive use of verbs
What happens when the screenplay of the book that was successful passing through the first algorithm is sent through the second algorithm?
Fuck you is what.
Just because algorithms have detected patterns doesn’t mean a damn thing.
These are all based on human design.
There’s no Objective Omniscience here.
There’s no God in the machine.
Anything that — anyone who — says there’s a “formula” for success is a con artist, period.
You can be a goddammed genius, with an IQ off the scale, but what good does that do you if the milieu you’re engaged in is a bunch of drop-out drunks? If you think I exaggerate, see the story of this guy. There is a man who by any measure should be a raging success and he’s evicting drunks for his living!
Tell me how the fuck your algorithms account for that!
If I had his IQ, I’d be creating things, not grabbing people by their necks.
Books telling people how to succeed are all over the place.
How many people succeed?
Yet they follow the formulas!
Formulas are good just two things: Chemistry and cooking.
There is no algorithm that can quantify surprise popularity.
There is no algorithm that could have predicted the iPhone.
There is no algorithm that can tell you how long you’re going to live — and I don’t give a shit if you’re wearing twenty smartbands on your wrist and even measure your bowel movements.
If you’re looking for The Secret, you’re a failure to begin with.
You’re looking for shortcuts. Shortcuts exist only for those who want the egocentric trappings of success and not the hard work that actually creates it. They don’t want success. They just want to feel better. They don’t need a formula. They need therapy.
Google measures everything. Google uses Science. Algorithms.
Yet how many people have an emotional connection to any Android device like people do with their iPhone (at least the pre-iOS 7 one)?
Algorithms created and refine Google Plus. How often are you using that?
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on new TV programs. Most fail. But all the algorithms the Suits rely on tell them they should all succeed!
Quantification in entertainment is nothing new. You think they waited for computers for help? Then you’ve never heard of Q Scores. And that’s just the top of the iceberg of what they use. There probably isn’t any other endeavor on earth that relies on measurements as much as the entertainment industry does.
If everything Hollywood put out was as successful as their algorithms predicted, none of you would be reading this. You wouldn’t have time. You’d be too busy watching TV and going to the movies to bother with this foaming post at an obscure site that probably won’t even show up in a Google search for “algorithms.”
But here you are.
Because algorithms are bullshit.