Marcus du Sautoy hosts The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms, a 2015 BBC science documentary which aims to unravel mysteries surrounding these instructions.
Today almost everything we do is controlled by an algorithm since most of us depend on electronic devices to live our daily lives, whether that be using a microwave or making a search on your favourite search engine. They are all governed by algorithms which allow them to operate along a fixed set of instructions, some very simple and others enormously complex. With computer chips becoming exponentially more powerful and cheap more and more complex algorithms can be run on them to the point where A.I. is creeping into them. In this documentary, we see how far this technology has come.