Some twitter v. Mastodon tips for all of the lovely new tooters:

When you like a tweet on twitter, a swarm of AIs spin into action, analysing every aspect of the tweet and trying so desperately to find the matching tweet to show you next that will keep you scrolling, lest their masters decommission them in favor of a new version.

When you fave a toot on Mastodon, there aren't any AIs; you just made another human being across the world feel nice.


@datatitian Hmm... isn't this parallel to email... where eventually when it becomes mature and popular you'll have a few instances running AI regardless (eg. gmail, outlook, etc)?

AI is not inherently evil, there's a fine balance to achieve between utility and privacy.

Like email, the choice is yours, but at some point you'll have to trust your provider/instance, and those with the advantage of AI (whether for advertising or features) will probably end up with more users.

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