We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Zeynep Tufekci



We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says technosociologist Zeynep Tufecki. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the …

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  1. Big Data’s solution to the AI dystopia they’re creating is censorship. Posts and entire accounts and channels are being deleted if they’re not marching in lockstep with “acceptable” thoughts.

  2. Every gen x and older gen needs to know this, excellent explanation on the scale of digital marketing and big data, it is not just ads placement anymore, views and all that, pls start measure the impact.

  3. What if the algorithm was so smart it could sway national elections in order to create a psychological environment that would be financially profitable to the companies? Are the algorithms smart enough to know that if they were to get a certain group to vote and another not too that profits would go up in the future? She said in the talk that they already know what can get you motivated or not but are they smart enough to know who to motivate in the interest of the companies?

  4. I think just feeling and emitting emotions near a silicone wafer cpu chip is somehow being quantified with its slight detectable frequency brainnwave changes in the air and determining what gets shown as a video, but to reveal technology was capable of all that would cause massive class action lawsuits in privacy violations.

  5. years ago the internet was just information. There were hardly any ads. When search engines came along suddenly we didn't need advertising any more. We could search for what we needed and chose the company that were closest/had what we needed/could delivery etc. It was far superior to tv advertising and phone directories. We could successfully contact the companies we needed directly, which was amazing. Now companies compete for top spaces in search engines, pay advertising – force unruly ads on us, ruining the user experience and falsifying the whole customer/business relationship. I honestly do not think we need advertising at all. People always need products and services as much as we need to sell them. Business won't stop without ads. In fact, I think they might even thrive.

  6. The whole episode of this Ted is kind of morally repulsive. Only because at least half of the planet (probably more) are waking up daily and thinking how to make a few dollars/cents that day, and here the “problem” presented to us is the content and nature of the internet ads. How arrogant does one have to be to even spend time on this. Also her dress is horrible.

  7. The whole episode of this Ted is kind of morally repulsive. Only because at least half of the planet (probably more) are waking up daily and thinking how to make a few dollars/cents that day, and here the “problem” presented to us is the content and nature of the internet ads. How arrogant does one have to be to even spend time on this. Also her dress is horrible.

  8. This is terribly ironic, but I'm so accustomed to the persuasion architecture she speaks of in this piece, that, in addition to the content of her speech, I'm thinking, "Where can I get a black dress with giant bell sleeves and rose-appliqued high-rise Lace-up combat boots"?

  9. I never trust my friends on facebook, because we all share different ideals. That's why I never follow anything that is displaying my following fellows to it. But one question remains not answered: why does it recommend my enemies to be my friends? All I can tell is that one friend suggestion was a psychopath and another a person with psychic disorder.

  10. They're doing it Already on Google you can't find anything against Hillary Clinton or Harvey Weinstein or even a critique of Feminism and they show you interracial couple when you type "white couple" on Google images, Google is already a leftist and it's turning dozens of random people as Leftists today.

  11. yeah heres an idea stop giving them money,
    and stop giving away your personal information because they are selling that, if you think someone isnt selling it, you're wrong they are selling it. remain anonymous where ever you can
    everyone wants to kill the beast but no one will stop feeding it.

  12. The scariest part. Humans don't really understand how these algorithms work. They are too complex for human mind to process. Additionally we don't know how those complex microprocessors are designed hieratically by these programs.
    If singularity has to occur (I do believe it to occur before 2035), I guess we will live in the best times of our life.
    Because technology is impartial, humans are not.

  13. In the distant future when the resistance is fighting against the big corporation/AI/algorithmthingymabobs will they remember this video on youtube or this woman? Like in the classroom for the children of the resistance ~ as a sidenote maybe – "It was propose/or presented in TED in the year 2017 by Zeynep Tufekci that there will be danger if "… nah no no "hope"fully nothing like that will happen.

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