I can’t believe Doug Jones won. I mean, I’m glad, but I just didn’t think it was possible. Can’t write more — very busy — but hurray!
“[W]e’re on course to all be parasitized by our own AI stalkers, helpfully generating video and other content tweaked iteratively to compel us to pay attention, whether due to arousal, disgust, happiness, fear, or whatever. It doesn’t matter how insanely CPU-intensive this sort of application is: some dipshit with no social insight and an underdeveloped sense of morality is going to deploy it in an attempt to monetize us. The low hanging fruit is procedural porn tailored to appeal to the micro-targeted audience’s kinks, even if they don’t think they have any (use A/B testing to see which random fetish images get their attention, then converge). What are the high-end applications, beside destroying all trust in news media forever?” From: What can possibly go wrong? | Antipope.org
Just a friendly reminder from your friendly neighborhood scifi writer that, no matter how bad you think it is now, it’s going to get much, much worse soon.
Ok yes, this might be sad. Those we love have no chance of persisting indefinitely. On the other hand though, this also means that assholes won’t live forever either.
“Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make.” From Slashdot: Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media is Ripping Apart Society
“As the new Wired Guide to Digital Security points out, finding hidden cameras is really, really hard, so the fact that several Airbnb guests have discovered them suggests that there are a bunch more that have never been spotted.” From: Airbnb guests repeatedly discover hidden cameras in the homes they rent | Boing Boing
So you’ve got Uber letting your shit get stolen, and now your AirBNB is trying to take naked video of you. The sharing economy is bullshit, shut it all down.