Here comes that Brave New World, again!

❝ New research co-authored by assistant research professor…at the USC Department of Computer Science, Emilio Ferrara, looks at “social hacking” over social networks that can increase violent commentary and can affect voting behavior…

❝ The researchers believe this study to be one of the first studies to investigate the content bots generated and the specific strategy of the bots. In reviewing nearly 4 million posts on Twitter, researchers from Fondazione Bruno Kessler and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, attempted to understand online behavioral dynamics, the type of content bots shared, and which users they targeted in the context of Catalonia’s referendum on independence.

The researchers discovered that influencers who supported Catalan’s independence were specifically targeted by the bots and became over 100 times more likely to engage with them. These influencers were also exposed to negative and violent narratives pursued by the bots.

The crappiest of minds wandering the corridors of the White House believe – of course – that programmed, demented and fraudulent ravings transmitted by bots are protected speech under the First Amendment. If they get votes for Republicans.

4 thoughts on “Here comes that Brave New World, again!

  1. Boten Anna says:

    The Twilight Zone: “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” (1960) Rod Serling’s epilogue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT4N6QqGsSI
    “The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices – to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill – and suspicion can destroy – and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own – for the children – and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is – that these things cannot be confined – to the Twilight Zone.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monsters_Are_Due_on_Maple_Street

  2. Cassandra says:

    “Without artificial intelligence there wouldn’t be much left of Facebook as we know it today.
    That’s according to Yann LeCun, who founded Facebook’s artificial intelligence research lab five years ago.” https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/05/tech/ai-facebook-lecun/index.html “If you take the deep learning out of Facebook today, Facebook’s dust,” LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, recently told CNN Business. “It’s entirely built around it now.”

  3. Eye of Providence says:

    ● “The Transportation Security Administration has set out an alarming vision of pervasive biometric surveillance at airports, which cuts against the right to privacy, the “right to travel,” and the right to anonymous association with others.” (Electronic Frontier Foundation) https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/tsas-roadmap-airport-surveillance-moves-dangerous-direction “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included language that we warned would provide implied Congressional endorsement to biometric screening of domestic travelers and U.S. citizens, became law in early October. The ink wasn’t even dry on that bill when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published their Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security and the Passenger Experience, detailing TSA’s plans to work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to roll out increased biometric collection and screening for all passengers, including Americans traveling domestically.”
    ● “China has a radical plan to influence the behavior of its 1.3 billion citizens: It wants to grade them based on aspects of their lives to reflect how good (or bad) a civilian they are. Versions of the so-called social credit system are being tested in a dozen or so cities with the aim of creating a network that encompasses the whole nation. (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-01/china-s-radical-plan-to-judge-each-citizen-s-behavior-quicktake
    ● “China blacklists millions of people from booking flights as ‘social credit’ system introduced : Officials say aim is to make it ‘difficult to move’ for those deemed ‘untrustworthy’” (Independent UK) https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-social-credit-system-flight-booking-blacklisted-beijing-points-a8646316.html

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