Kevin Slavin navigates in the algoworld, the expanding space in our lives that’s determined and run by algorithms.

Why you should listen

Are you addicted to the dead-simple numbers game Drop 7 or Facebook’s Parking Wars? Blame Kevin Slavin and the game development company he co-founded in 2005, Area/Code, which makes clever game entertainments that enter the fabric of reality.

All this fun is powered by algorithms -- as, increasingly, is our daily life. From the Google algorithms to the algos that give you “recommendations” online to those that automatically play the stock markets (and sometimes crash them): we may not realize it, but we live in the algoworld.

He says: "The quickest way to find out what the boundaries of reality are is to figure where they break."

What others say

“Kevin Slavin sees a world where games shape life and life shapes games.” — O’Rielly Radar

Kevin Slavin’s TED talks

Quotes from Kevin Slavin

It takes you 500,000 microseconds just to click a mouse. But if you’re a Wall Street algorithm and you’re five microseconds behind, you’re a loser.
Kevin Slavin
TEDGlobal 2011 • 3.1M views Jul 2011
Fascinating, Informative
We’re running through the United States with dynamite and rock saws so that an algorithm can close the deal three microseconds faster, all for a communications framework that no human will ever know; that’s a kind of manifest destiny.
Kevin Slavin
TEDGlobal 2011 • 3.1M views Jul 2011
Fascinating, Informative