Tech-industriens whistleblowers

The Guardian skriver om konferencen Truth About Tech i Washington i onsdags, hvor bl.a. Tristan Harris, der er tidligere Google medarbejder og den facebook-investoren Roger McNamee fra det nystiftede Center for Humane Technology talte om hvordan man kan standse den digitale opmærksomheds krise. Det blev diskuteret hvordan man kan presse tech-giganterne til at ændre kurs, så der kan komme regulering af bl.a. hvordan børn bliver trukket ind i de afhængighedsskabende medier.

Ex-tech workers plead with Facebook: consider the harm you’re doing to kids

 

The techlash against Amazon, Facebook and Google—and what they can do – A memo to big tech

Superskarp gennemgang af alle problemerne omkring monopolerne Facebook, Google og Amazon i forhold til anti-trust krav om regulering og andre tiltag for at standse den skadelige magtkoncentration disse firmaer har opnået.

“Tech” is not yet a four-letter word, but it could soon become one. BAADD to worse You are an industry that embraces acronyms, so let me explain the situation with a new one: “BAADD”. You are thought to be too big, anti-competitive, addictive and destructive to democracy.

Kilde: The techlash against Amazon, Facebook and Google—and what they can do – A memo to big tech

Japan: robots will care for 80% of elderly by 2020 | World news | The Guardian

Har vi på nogen måde lyst  til  at vænne os til at det skal være robotter, der giver pleje? Eller kan vi give os selv lov til at lytte til den “psykologiske modstand” ?

“Hirukawa said lifting robotics had so far been deployed in only about 8% of nursing homes in Japan, partly because of the cost and partly because of the “the mindset by the people on the frontline of caregiving that after all it must be human beings who provide this kind of care”. Advertisement He added: “On the side of those who receive care, of course initially there will be psychological resistance.””

Kilde: Japan: robots will care for 80% of elderly by 2020 | World news | The Guardian

Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

Så kort og præcist kan det siges:

“Whenever you log into Facebook, there are millions of posts the platform could show you. The key to its business model is the use of algorithms, driven by individual user data, to show you stuff you’re more likely to react to. Wikipedia defines an algorithm as “a set of rules that precisely defines a sequence of operations.” Algorithms appear value neutral, but the platforms’ algorithms are actually designed with a specific value in mind: maximum share of attention, which optimizes profits. They do this by sucking up and analyzing your data, using it to predict what will cause you to react most strongly, and then giving you more of that. Algorithms that maximize attention give an advantage to negative messages. People tend to react more to inputs that land low on the brainstem. Fear and anger produce a lot more engagement and sharing than joy. The result is that the algorithms favor sensational content over substance.”

Kilde: Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth | Technology | The Guardian

Det er dybt bekymrende hvordan YouTubes algoritmer, der styrer strømmen af automatiske “næste klip” med det formål at fastholde vores opmærksomhed, i høj grad er en kilde til spredning af vold og misinformation.

“There are 1.5 billion YouTube users in the world, which is more than the number of households that own televisions. What they watch is shaped by this algorithm, which skims and ranks billions of videos to identify 20 “up next” clips that are both relevant to a previous video and most likely, statistically speaking, to keep a person hooked on their screen.”

Kilde: ‘Fiction is outperforming reality’: how YouTube’s algorithm distorts truth | Technology | The Guardian

Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times | Society | The Guardian

Vi må huske hvorfor det er så nødvendigt at skelne mellem opmærksomhed og intimitet.

“We don’t know yet whether social media makes people lonely. Even if it does, we should remember that it is also useful to keep real friendships going. But an MHF survey last month found that 30% of young Scots say social media makes them feel isolated. The 2015 Pisa schools report showed a dramatic fall across the developed world since 2012 in the number of children who would say that “I make friends easily at school”. By a small margin, those who use the internet the most were also most likely (17%) to say that they felt lonely – although we don’t know which was causing which, if either. We also don’t know how much of their time online was spent on social media.”

Kilde: Look at me: why attention-seeking is the defining need of our times | Society | The Guardian

A Call to Cut Back Online Addictions. Pitted Against Just One More Click. – The New York Times

En digital pause kan give muligheden for at genoplive meningsfuldheden i aktivt valgte måder at kommunikere og opretholde sine sociale kontakter.

“I feel more invested in the time I spend with people. And because we interact less frequently, we have this idea that we want to make the most of the experience,” said Ms. Mushakevich, who says she is unlikely to reinstall the Facebook app on her phone. “That makes it seem more meaningful than if we had all of the time in the world, like we do on Facebook.”

Kilde: A Call to Cut Back Online Addictions. Pitted Against Just One More Click. – The New York Times

I deleted WhatsApp for a year and here’s what I learned | Technology | The Guardian

Hvoraf kommer naiviteten, der har ladet os overlade vores data til firmaer, der herefter i realiteten kontrollerer vores sociale liv?

“Our default position is to mistrust strangers and governments, but we trust convenient services without really knowing anything about them. We trust that private companies use our data to “improve our lives”, but we hardly reflect on where our lives are taken. Facebook paid $19bn for a company that has encrypted the contents of messages since 2016 and does not advertise.”

Kilde: I deleted WhatsApp for a year and here’s what I learned | Technology | The Guardian