The future is truly multiple choice

The future is truly multiple choice

I see my image in the mirror on the way to catch a toad and I am reminded that people sometimes refer to the face (my) “KC Cole”; it makes them laugh for some reason. Guess what kind of category it is. Do I even want to find out?

Now comes the very creepy part. When I first started writing about “the future of truth,” it occurred to me that the worlds were appearing in T.and Matrix they were already too real. I did not say anything, because I thought that people would dismiss me as your normal old man with a technological challenge.

But it turned out that I owned a lot of reputable (and younger) company. Seriously Luddites, the ones pushing us to take the red pills these days are largely spectators like Lanier. A decade ago, he wrote the classic book You are not a Gadget;; more and more, he argues, you are. To be specific, you (us) are becoming “computer margins connected to the vast computing clouds. ”

Microsoft's Kate Crawford, in Atlas AI, describing the dangers of influencing our complex personal and social realities into "representations of the world made exclusively for machines." AI influences “systematization of the non-systemic,” reducing depth, killing notes of grace, flattening knowledge and us with it.

Lanier and Co. believing that the world would be a better place if everyone shared information freely; instead, it defines it as a place where we look all the time, giving data whether we want it or not. (I wonder if an Amazon driver is out looking at it with some version of Smith - it's best to keep it going. We all know the answer to that.)

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The humble sources of data scraped off the internet - our faces, habits, health, finance, children, lovers, favorite actors, vacations, chats with your Roomba - go to megacomputers a tweaks what you see to keep you hooked, sells you stuff. It is a one way street. We are obvious to the megaservers, but they are obscure to us. Remote corporations use the data to transform our lives "in immeasurable ways," Lanier writes. "You never know what it would have been like if someone else's cloud algorithm had come to a different conclusion about your ability as a lender, date or employee."

The Matrix movie version gets its fuel from human batteries. The vast networks of machinery we refer to as "clouds" also feed on humans: those who mine rare minerals, collect machinery, drive lorries, and 'loading packages, translating text, labeling and evaluating objects and faces (often incorrect; especially if you're female, dark skinned, or otherwise).

It takes thousands of people to maintain the weightless, mobile self-deception. For these tasks, humans are cheaper than robots.

Trying to introduce this underground reality is as powerful as Neo's first look at the vast array of child - powered fuel cells. No - one wants to hear about the costs: high - carbon computing, community water drainage and power supply, reliance on taxpayer - funded infrastructure, sewers, gas lines, fiber optics, you name it. There is a reason these megaservers are hidden away in remote areas.

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