„ “Facebook is tearing us apart!”, they say.
Well, no. What’s tearing us apart is exposing humanity to itself. More people seeing what others believe. More people seeing who others love. More people seeing how others behave. More people seeing who others are.
That exposure brings out innate ugliness and innate negativity. Until 2010 or so that ugliness was quite isolated, like back in our hunter-gatherer groups. It was there, but it was small and private and isolated.
What technology has done is expose that ugly truth to the world. And now we’re on fire.
We see the same thing with machine learning. You teach it to learn about human culture by showing it a corpus of our behavior and it comes back as a raunchy, sexist, racist.
“Machine learning is raunchy, sexist, and racist.” Nope. It’s just a mirror. That’s us that we’re seeing, reflected back.
Right, so this is horribly depressing. So what’s the plan?“