Dirty data, greed for gain and a lack of diversity in the tech sector: There are many reasons why algorithms discriminate. But lawyers, regulators and, most importantly, critical techies have started standing up against A.I.’s destructive potential. Will human intelligence win?
Governments are increasingly collecting our data without giving us the possibility to inquire or appeal, and even leave the decision-making up to algorithms. How can we question authorities and make them accountable for decisions that violate human rights?
Internet has connected people all over the world as never before. Besides, it has enhanced commercial, corporate and political connections, which create more freedom in different spheres. This is the kind of universal democracy hosted by Internet via social connections and social media. But do we have a total democracy on social platforms?
Tech companies have taken over the power to make decisions for us. That can be convenient as long as it concerns playlists or navigation. However, under the guise of “objectivity”, their algorithms also categorize humans and reinforce social inequality. What happens when an algorithm hits?
Do you mind that the data you are producing every day in the digital environment might be used by some other actors?
If there is a science that understands the power of incentives, it is Economics. So maybe it has a thing or two to teach us about how our democracies are being NUDGED by the fake news market.
According to Shoshana Zuboff, the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go is deliberately implemented for commercial profit, at the expense of unaware citizens. She calls it “Surveillance Capitalism”, a bunch of algorithms that apparently completely consume us. Is the 99% now controlled by the tech-savvy 1%?
I have weird relations with Big data and all digital socialization in particular.
After my masters studies on International Business Administration in 2008 I have completely switched off from all the themes that were not directly related to my work or private life. Then one day I have decided to dig a little bit into what people are talking so much about and what seems to be in focus today. The more I started to read and analyse, the more I felt: “Please stop the Earth, I’ll get off!”.
As we are starting this blog, a first dilemma: We have communication professionals on board, but no designer! Still, Raero took up the challenge to create a logo. Here are his thoughts, what are yours?
What happens if Big Data and artificial intelligence endanger our privacy, misinform or discriminates us? On this blog, we are going to throw light on the dark side of technology. Big Brother, you are watching us, but we are watching you too!