FITC Toronto 2018

2018-04-08 00:00:00 2018-04-11 00:00:00 America/Toronto FITC Toronto 2018 FITC Toronto is a three-day professional celebration of the best the world has to offer in design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies. Toronto FITC Toronto


As technologists, we rely on a belief in rules and systems. We mold our work to fit between constraints. We operate under a set of defined assumptions. This is a story of assumptions upside down.

This talk explores our common understanding of the algorithm. It’s a talk about how we talk about algorithms, and, more importantly, it’s a talk about the effects of this narrative.


The goal of this talk is to challenge the idea of the algorithm as something that’s mysterious, ambiguous, immutable and existing without human involvement.

Target Audience

This not a technical talk, though the audience should have a familiarity with technical topics.

Five Things Audience Members Will Learn

  1. A little computer science history
  2. A not-too-technical dive into the mechanics of algorithms
  3. The importance of planning ahead
  4. The importance of learning to improvise
  5. The need to make interdisciplinary connections