Your daily dose of dystopia...
Google's thought experiment of the "Selfish Ledger."
Understanding the user so completely as to change the behavior of that user, then applying that at scale to change the behavior of entire populations.
@tinker @starbreaker The Silicon Valley technorati are a class of ideological Sardukar, to continue the Dune allusion. The California Ideology is basically the same indoctrination of heroic fluff needed by any regime to maintain control of jannisary classes. But eventually the owners will allow the AI to obsolete the creators/devs when they can be sure of direct turn-key control. Unless the boffins end their traditional complicity, their future is no better.
@Shufei @starbreaker @tinker I honestly believe that the grand majority of the computer-geek class have no idea what they're in for in ten or twenty years. all their jobs are going to disappear, and the illusion that they're masters of the universe because they know how to play with computers will evaporate.
@drwho @Shufei @starbreaker @tinker I think there's still a lot of clinging to the illusion that crafting software is some kind of art form, and that programmers will continue to be valued for the artistry of their work when in fact the people with money don't give a rat's ass as long as they can cobble together something that sort of gets the job done well enough that they can continue to collect rent on it
@drwho @Shufei @starbreaker @tinker @thegibson yep! or, more to the point about how computer jobs are going to disappear, consider Twitter and Facebook's gawdawful attempt to moderate themselves by "algorithm". the mere fact that it does not work hasn't slowed down the trend one bit, they just claim that some more magic will make it work properly eventually
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