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Welcome to the new feudalism – with Silicon Valley as our overlords | Evgeny Morozov

“Advertising might have been a necessary evil to get these companies off the ground, but there is no reason to stick with it for ever, especially if – and when – they manage to destroy all competition and make the world dependent on their platforms.” Welcome to the new feudalism – ...

You Can’t Escape Data Surveillance In America (via The Atlantic)

“We peer into a future where our software spies on us, our data defines us, and our hardware reinforces existing power imbalances. What’s slowing it down are a federal agency whose remedies often feel unsatisfactory, and a cohort of attorneys whose motivations are of course capitalistic. And while it’s tempting ...

Mark Zuckerberg thinks AI will start outperforming humans in the next decade

“Zuckerberg sees bots stepping in for customer service reps and personal assistants. “One way that I think you’re going to see bots work, between people who are actually driving the businesses directly will need to in some way train or answer questions for people, but we can build artificial intelligence ...

The Threats That Artificial Intelligence Researchers Actually Worry About – good read

“A.I. safety researchers strongly disagree: There is no reason to believe that we will be able to control generally intelligent, let alone superintelligent, systems. In fact, we have no idea of what a world with (super)intelligent machines would be like. But we have at least a good idea of potentially ...

The Philosophical Argument Against A.I. Killing Us All..?

“there’s another counterargument to be made based on the philosophy of ethics. Until an A.I. has feelings, it’s going to be unable to want to do anything at all, let alone act counter to humanity’s interests and fight off human resistance. Wanting is essential to any kind of independent action. ...

Apple vs. FBI: The tip of the iceberg as laws can’t keep up with tech

“This is a prelude of things to come, not only with encryption technologies, but everything from artificial intelligence to drones, robotics, and synthetic biology. Technology is moving faster than our ability to understand it and there is no consensus on what is ethical. It isn’t just the lawmakers who are ...

What if we don’t need advertising at all? Via Medium

“In the past we put up with being annoyed and yelled at by advertising. And now we’re putting up with being spied on and guessed at, personally, as well. But we don’t have to put up with any of it any more. That’s another thing digital life makes possible, even ...

inverted totalitarianism

“The blind masses experiencing bread and circus adventures in Hyperreality while the ‘real’ world passes by entirely undetected. The ultimate triumph of inverted totalitarianism? In inverted totalitarianism, every natural resource and every living being is commodified and exploited to collapse as the citizenry is lulled and manipulated into surrendering their liberties ...

The age of digital ethics is beginning

…and everyone is buzzing with it: Accenture (digital trust, people first) CORDIS / EU (on Gerd Leonhard’s TedX talk) Watch Gerd Leonhard’s 2014 (!) Ted Talk on this Gerd’s Slideshare TedX

When is great technology enough…?

Read more on TechCrunch  Point is, a little technology is amazing. But all technology, all the time is dystopia. And strutting and fretting our entire lives digitally is a reduction of the rich possibilities of life beyond the algorithm. Even as the increasingly comprehensive digital footprints we generate are also, ...

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