• New category: “When Algorithms Go Bad”

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    Sometimes, the computer coders haven’t quite worked out the kinks before they let their puppy off the leash.

    The result: a “personalized” email that goes hilariously bad.

    I received one today from “Owler,” which looks at so-called competitors of your business. ┬áSince my business is the University of Chicago, one of our competitors is Stanford.

    Owler just asked me if Stanford’s most likely outcome is

    (a) fail

    (b) get bought, or

    (c) do an IPO.

    Gee, dunno. But I like the IPO idea.