If you’ve ever used a computer, you’ve utilized at least one algorithm – even if you didn’t realize it! An algorithm is defined as a set of instructions for solving a problem or performing a task, and they’ve been powering operating systems from the ancient Babylonian abacus to the most modern home computer systems. Recent advancements in the study of algorithms have led to algorithms that can “talk” to one another, speeding up the development of microprocessor technology that has evolved enough for the development of powerful desktop computers.
But the power of algorithms extends far beyond your home computer! Different algorithms are also used to power GPS systems, smart bomb guidance, DoD level encryption codes and more. Algorithms have the power to change the course of history and can be found anywhere you look – from the linking structure of the Web to the inner workings of your car to the intricate ups and downs of the stock market. Whatever their purpose, algorithms have always shaken and will continue to shake up the course of history.
Have we missed any algorithms that you use in your every day life? Check out this infographic presented by CollegeDegreeSearch more more examples of algorithms you may have seen, and be sure to leave a comment!