Elon Musk says he’s worried about artificial intelligence, known as AI. He says it’s more dangerous than North Korea.
Yeah, I’m not worried about violent robots who might kill us; I’m worried about what AI is already doing in our personal lives, peacefully.
Have you heard of Google Home, or the Amazon Echo? These are computer devices you put in your home, that are always listening to you. The ads for the Amazon Echo condition you to accept this invasion of privacy, in the name of fun and convenience.
Hey, you know who knows a lot about the Internet and privacy? Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.
He knows how to collect information about you. That’s how he and other Silicon Valley giants make their money: by selling your information to advertisers.
But did you know that, on Zuckerberg’s personal laptop, he tapes over his webcam and microphone?
So does former FBI director James Comey.
Gee, it’s almost like the deep state is listening in to you, even without a Google Home or an Amazon Echo…
I’ll tell you more about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook you might not have heard before.
But even those details are things he and the company admit to, even joke about.
What are they doing secretly?
And how long until Amazon Echo or Google Home hears you saying something politically unacceptable and maybe blocks you from websites or puts e-mails from “right wing” groups into your spam folder “by accident.”
How long until Uber doesn’t send you a car? Or your driverless car won’t take you to, say, a Trump rally?
Two years ago, Google’s senior executive talked about “a spell-check but for hate.” Something that would literally correct you if you had the wrong feelings.
Now imagine how they plan to treat you.
Because to them you're not a customer or a client, let alone an employee.
You're a product.
You are what’s for sale.