George Orwell’s 1984 on steroids is growing right under our noses

“These companies (Facebook, Google and other social media giants) advertise that their products are free ….but we are the products being sold.”

We’re building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren’t even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us — and what we can do in response.

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The power is already there. Can we trust politicians not to use it?

One thought on “George Orwell’s 1984 on steroids is growing right under our noses

  1. ward says:

    The power is already being used by Russia in particular, to subvert ,by disinformation long established democratic processes. They need only sow distrust.

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