If This Is The Future, Call Me Marty McFly

Dystopia
is the product roadmap.*

Our attitude
towards democracy
is fundamentally different
from our attitude
towards algorithms.

If
we’re to have a future,
it is essential
to make sure
that people’s opinions
won’t become
so deeply
machine-influenced
as to be useless

             or hostile.

People worry
that computers
will get too smart
and take over the world,
but
the real problem
is that they’re too stupid
and they’ve already
taken over the world.
%

The first
major innovation
in computers
was
a computer word processor
called
WordStar.

It’s tempting
to believe that computers
will be neutral
and objective,
but algorithms
are nothing more
than opinions
embedded in mathematics.~

The state
developed
an ideology
that dictated
that computers
would be good,
but
that in order
to manage computers
and control computers,
they needed
to control
information
.

They believed in the idea of

total

information

control

.

We’re building
this infrastructure
of surveillance authoritarianism
merely
to get people
to click
on ads
.^

It is important
to recognize
that
the power of surveillance
will be increased
as
computer-controlled systems
become
ever more sophisticated
.

It is
very hard to know
when an algorithm
will
have made the final calculation
when it always has
more data available.

*https://twitter.com/monikabielskyte
%https://www.washington.edu/news/2015/09/17/a-q-a-with-pedro-domingos-author-of-the-master-algorithm/
~https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/opinion/sunday/criminal-justice-reforms-race-technology.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
^https://www.ted.com/talks/zeynep_tufekci_we_re_building_a_dystopia_just_to_make_people_click_on_ads?language=en

If This Is The Future, Call Me Marty McFly