Amazon has lots of algorithms that try to determine what kind of a consumer you are. I’ve always maintained that if a computer program ever attains sentience, it’s likely to be Amazon’s recommendation engine.
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to keep track of what kind of person Amazon thinks Random Shopper is. For the first two months, it didn’t offer any recommendations because it didn’t have enough data. But it’s finally started recommending things for Random Shopper to buy. I’ve pasted the list below.
Probably the weirdest thing about it is that it’s almost what an alternate-universe version of myself would buy: a version of me that was slightly more interested in sci fi and film studies. Still, the fact that it’s got plenty of political philosophy and Philip K. Dick stuff makes it not too far off from my own tastes. (Granted, the companion book on Covenant Discipleship is… not really my thing.)
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