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    • Very interesting podcast on "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" where the wonder of the possibilities of the 90's has turned into the reality of Affective Computing. Shoshana Zuboff nails it when she says..

      "Now we are way beyond targeted ads where we are delving into every aspect of your experience and your behavior. Now it turns out that there is a third big discovery and that is it's not just scale and it's not just scope, the most predictive surplus comes from actually intevening in your activities to shape and nudge and tool and herd you into specific directions that lead you to commercial outcomes that Surveillance Capitalism's business customers are paying for."

      Until we build tools to put the power of discovery back into our own hands, I fear we are going to continue down this slippery slope without anything to grab onto.

    • I listened. Leo called her book perhaps the most important book we'll read this year:

      I thought it was profound and would imagine @Richard and @lidja would want to know about it. Her premise is the world has entered a new age that it has never experienced, where there is no backstage. You are always on, always watched in ways you aren't aware of and it isn't about just serving up more targeted ads to you. We have figured out how to shape your behavior from AI knowing where you go, who and what you interact with, and a million other things, so it can both predict what you'll do and shape it.

      No one saw it coming, not even the people who developed it. They just had incidental data like logs of your clicks on the net and they discovered that AI could make a lot of sense of it. And who controls your behavior? The people and organizations who can afford to pay to play.

      She's a highly respected Harvard Business School professor, btw, and the book is held in high regard.

    • Thanks for tagging me on this, @Chris. I’m working my way through Lanier’s Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts and have LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media (Singer and Brooking) on the bedstand next up. I will track down a copy of The Age of Survelliance Capitalism now, too. 👍🏻

    • Professor Zuboff is certainly starting to get quite a bit of press.

      This is showing up on major outlets so this should start to trend which is a good thing. People need to wake up to what is happening. We are no longer being led, we are being molded into what fits best into monetized models of consumerism and politics. 2005 to 2007 was not only the birth of Web 2.0, it was the birth of Society 2.0 where algorithms didn't only begin to affect our behavior online but how we made decisions as significant as buying a home. My wife just took an assessment for a job she applied for which was 200 questions entered online. How confident am I this information won't be sold to the highest bidder? Not very!! .

    • Thanks for reminding me about this thread, as I had let it get buried under more recent stuff. I did listen to the podcast, which I found fascinating, and plan to read the book in the near future.

    • Great resource! Thanks for sharing, @Chris.

      (BTW, this article reviews Lanier’s 2014 publication, Who Owns the Future? which was his second book. Ten Arguments is his third book, released just a few months ago.)

      Correction: whoops. Dawn of the New Everything (2017) is Lanier’s third book, so Ten Arguments (2018) is his fourth book. The guy’s on a roll...

    • I haven't read the last one, but I liked Lanier's first three books a lot. Apart from his insights on VR and the net and where it went wrong, Dawn of the New Everything is in part a fascinating personal memoir. Interesting guy.

    • I was at a dog show today and it was hard to find a terminal that wasn't taken to give all your private info to Amazon and the dog show for the chance to win a gift card:

    • Just one of the many screens you fill out so you too can be surveilled! Each screen gets you excited across the top so you'll answer things like how hard should they surveil you. Do you have enough money to be worth their time?

    • Seems like the trend in communication technology is more about providers learning about us rather than us learning about ourselves. What could possibly go wrong:-(

    • When I flew to Silicon Valley, I noticed they installed Eye scanners in the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to help bypass checkin. Minority Report anyone??