THE MATRIX HAS YOU
Algorithms, filter bubbles, and how personalization can change your perception
Personalization is usually a good thing, but it can limit the type of information you're exposed to. Here's why. There's a lot of information on the Internet - some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it not really relevant to you.
How Filter Bubbles Distort Reality: Everything You Need to Know
We find ourselves in a filter bubble any time we're only surrounded by views and opinions we agree with, while being sheltered from opposing perspectives. Filter bubbles distort our understanding of the world and hamper our ability to make balanced decisions. Here's how to pop the bubble.
The Causes and Effects of "Filter Bubbles" and how to Break Free
Anyone who uses the internet has experienced filtering of information. Due to the massive amounts of material online it is necessary to refine what we see, and this inevitable filtering of information at first glance isn't a big problem. Eli Pariser, a long-time internet activist, argues that these filtering algorithms are biased, and don't show content that disagrees with the user.
Living Like It's 99: No Social Media, No Smartphone
I've now lived without social media and without a smartphone for the past 3 years. And I'm still alive. A lot of people have asked me how I made it. So I wrote an article about it. The why, the how, and the now.
Post-truth is a philosophical and political concept for "the disappearance of shared objective standards for truth" and the "circuitous slippage between facts or alt-facts, knowledge, opinion, belief, and truth". Post-truth discourse is often contrasted with the forms taken by scientific methods and inquiry.
Post-truth politics (also called post-factual politics and post-reality politics) is a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.
If people will believe in QAnon, why won't they believe in climate change? - Shelton Group :: Experts in Sustainability and Energy Marketing
I do still think that's the right approach. But as noted in my blog post a couple of weeks ago, I think those of us in the sustainability community have something to learn from the Disinformation Machine. And I've found myself pondering the question in the headline of this piece a LOT.
Conspiracy: in Theory and Practice - Edward Snowden
The greatest conspiracies are open and notorious - not theories, but practices expressed through law and policy, technology, and finance. Counterintuitively, these conspiracies are more often than not announced in public and with a modicum of pride.
How conspiracy theories emerge - and how their storylines fall apart
A new study by UCLA professors offers a new way to understand how unfounded conspiracy theories emerge online. The research, which combines sophisticated artificial intelligence and a deep knowledge of how folklore is structured, explains how unrelated facts and false information can connect into a narrative framework that would quickly fall apart if some of those elements are taken out of the mix.
Conspiracy Theorists Have a Fundamental Cognitive Problem, Say Scientists
The world's a scary, unpredictable place, and that makes your brain mad. As a predictive organ, the brain is on the constant lookout for patterns that both explain the world and help you thrive in it. That ability helps humans make sense of the world.
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Few exemples of the type and size of changes/impacts due to AI
NANOTECHNOLOGIES & BIOTECHNOLOGIES
TINY SCALES (BIO & NANO)
"As from a certain level, everyone is doing the same job" (Aaron Walter)
"If you can describe your job, it can be automated" (Geerd Leonhard)