Techmology ain’t your friend. We need more vigilance over what our lovely new tech toys are doing to us.
There must be better ways to design the tools we need and use. Perhaps the Center for Humane Technology has some ideas.
Silicon Valley is reckoning with having had a bad philosophical operating system. People in tech will say, “You told me, when I asked you what you wanted, that you wanted to go to the gym. That’s what you said. But then I handed you a box of doughnuts and you went for the doughnuts, so that must be what you really wanted.” The Facebook folks, that’s literally what they think. We offer people this other stuff, but then they always go for the outrage, or the autoplaying video, and that must be people’s most true preference.
I think the [traffic] metrics have created this whole illusion that what people are doing is what people want, when it’s really just what works in the moment, in that situation.
Ted Chiang makes an impressive case for AI being an example of runaway capitalism which is the greater threat to humanity.
when Silicon Valley tries to imagine superintelligence, what it comes up with is no-holds-barred capitalism.
we are already surrounded by machines that demonstrate a complete lack of insight, we just call them corporations.
There’s a saying,popularized by Fredric Jameson, that it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.
Credit agencies created the dangerous data model which regularly hurts consumers. It’s time for them to go. Credit reporting is done successfully in many other countries by a central bank. We need to move to that model.
Credit bureaus have proved to be complete failures at safeguarding the public. Let’s demand we get our data back.
In at least 40 other countries — including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — credit reporting can be done by a public credit registry. It is usually operated by a central bank that already oversees the financial institutions that feed information into the reports. These reports tend to be more accurate because the operators have a legal right to demand data from banks as well as a mandate to ensure it’s correct and that errors are fixed. Data on late payments and defaults are erased once a consumer has settled up.
Many of these public registries leave out things like medical debt, tax information and personal details like marital status, focusing only on loan amounts. Only about 40 percent of registries collect consumers’ addresses, and two-thirds collect taxpayer IDs — the kind of information leaked in the Equifax breach.
Get Rid of Equifax https://nyti.ms/2jK5SAF
You saw this one coming right?
The Amazon Echo is a perfect way for the government to spy on citizens. Sure, Amazon rejects requests for the data but that doesn’t obviate the two big issues here.
The first is that the audio and data are recorded and kept. If it’s stored, even briefly, then hackers can get it. Especially state actors. The courts may yet force companies to give it up.
The second and larger issue is that we don’t have laws protecting the privacy of our data. We need regulations that keep up with changing technology. We need rules that favor citizens, not companies, and certainly not governements.
Bid for Access to Amazon Echo Audio in Murder Case Raises Privacy Concerns http://nyti.ms/2huPxwl
Whether it’s fake or false or even just a misleading headline, Facebook and other social media are bad news sources for people. Good for profit, but bad for people.
Facebook-as-news-source is inherently broken
Algorithms which select news you will ‘like’ are not the best sources for news.
If you are the kind of person who is inclined to like Donald Trump but also who is inclined to like the pope, the stories that you need to see are the psychologically difficult ones that pick at the tension between your identity as a Republican partisan and your identity as a Catholic.
A news diet overwhelmingly driven by shareability and algorithmic targeting is going to be profoundly misleading whether or not it contains fake news.
Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news
The media problem is bigger than just fake news. ‘News’ is no longer always subject to journalistic standards, especially when breaking news spreads through social media. Without journalistic rigor info becomes news and the info may not be correct. Once it’s out there circulating and recirculating the typical reader/viewer’s ability to discern truth from falsehood plummets. Under these circumstances it doesn’t matter if the info was incorrect or if it was intentionally falsified.
At some point in the telephone chain, the story goes from accurate to inaccurate. And the method is the same as the fake news method — maximum outrage, maximum engagement, minimum concern for context and accuracy.
Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news
Make a great no mistake we don’t need in vase privacy busting tools to keep the world a safe place. It already is safer than it ever has been and this trend predates even the Internet.
What we do need is a world in which private activities and communications are secure. We need people to feel comfortable saying and doing what they need to on their phones and the Web without fear that it will be used against them. This will have far greater benefit to mankind and the free world than spy tech that invades your phone ever could.
NSO can say they’re trying to make the world a safer place, but they are also making the world a more surveilled place.”
The cyberarms industry typified by the NSO Group operates in a legal gray area, and it is often left to the companies to decide how far they are willing to dig into a target’s personal life and what governments they will do business with.
The only solution against this onslaught of freedom killing software and the surveillance state is actually the government. People have to write laws that forbid this type of software and associated technologies. That won’t completely prevent this type of invasive snooping but it will limit it and give people recourse to fight companies that profit from stealing our personal and private info.
How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone http://nyti.ms/2cfXAZy