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March 22, 2017

Facebook and Google, so the saying goes, make their users into their products

—the real customer is the advertiser or data speculator preying on the information generated by the companies’ free services.
But things are bound to get even weirder than that. When automobiles drive themselves, for example, their human passengers will not become masters of a new form of urban freedom, but rather a fuel to drive the expansion of connected cities, in order to spread further the gospel of computerized automation. If artificial intelligence ends up running the news, it will not do so in order to improve citizen’s access to information necessary to make choices in a democracy, but to further cement the supremacy of machine automation over human editorial in establishing what is relevant. Why Nothing Works Anymore - The Atlantic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 22, 2017 12:33 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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That's what television and radio does. They sell access to their viewers and listeners.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at March 23, 2017 7:31 AM

Impossible to get much done with a device in your hand and earbuds blocking auditory transmission.

When you see someone like that you are observing a rotting shell of human detrius.

Posted by: ghostsniper at March 23, 2017 8:26 AM

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