Tag Archives: TED

Manipulation of the ‘filter bubble’

In my previous post, ‘Is Facebook the Real Big Brother’, I talked about Facebook and manipulation. Here, now, is a TED talk from 2011 about the ‘personalisation’ of the internet, and how it locks us in rather than freeing us up.

I have to say I was shocked when I watched this TED talk, especially as Eli Pariser foresaw the problems we’re now facing…6 years ago. I was also shocked because I had no idea that even my searches were being ‘tailored’ for me by Google.

“From human gatekeepers to algorithmic ones.”

When I do a search, I want it to be relevant, yes, but I also want to see what’s out there. I want to choose what I see, because if I can’t see the things that I may not like, I may be manipulated into seeing things that are skewed for someone else’s benefit.

Cambridge Analytics already boasts that:

  • it knows us better than we know ourselves and
  • used that knowledge in both the Trump election and Brexit.

Truth or bullshit?

Given the company’s connection to billionaire software genius Robert Mercer*, and Mercer’s connection to Breitbart and Bannon, I can’t shrug it off as bullshit. But if Trump and Brexit are possible, then Eli Pariser’s filter bubble could turn out to be more like a noose.

My thanks to Honie Briggs for the link to the TED talk.

Meeks

*The Guardian expose is here and you can Google the details to check their validity:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage


#fairness video with #dogs

I couldn’t resist following up some of the information in the previous videos, so here’s one about testing whether dogs are capable of:

  1. recognizing that something is unfair and,
  2. reacting accordingly

Unfortunately, only the first two minutes of this video are in English, but the experiment looks pretty conclusive to me:

This next video is a TED talk presented by Frans de Waal [thanks Hariod!]. It goes for approximately 16 minutes but is really interesting in terms of the parallels between human and [certain] animal behaviour:

Meeks


The #fairness study with Capuchin #monkeys

Watch this video [from a TED talk] and tell me that ‘fairness’ is not hardwired in all of us:

My thanks to the Offspring for telling me about this. 🙂

cheers

Meeks


Science: How to save the world and reverse climate change by INCREASING livestock use

I found this video clip on Colin’s blog… and I was more than a little skeptical. I thought it would be about some sort of fake science, sponsored by cattle ranchers. After all, everyone knows cattle ruin the soil. Right?

By the end of the video my brain was on fire, connecting up the dots with a book I had read some years ago. That book was  ‘Back From the Brink’, by Peter Andrews, and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at the land, even small blocks like mine. That book changed how I garden, and after watching this video, I’m convinced both Allan Savory and Peter Andrews are on the right track.

Thank you so much for introducing me to this mind boggling video clip Colin [and Mark!]. If the rest of your generation are as switched on as you two then we have hope. 🙂

 


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