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Google Android...what do you guys make of this?

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posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 07:38 AM
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I buy it. Said it before, I'll say it again - Google is the devil. My hubby can buy something online with his laptop or phone and related suggestions start popping up in ads on my phone. Different, unrelated accounts. But obviously collated somehow, somewhere deep in the dark belly of the beast.




posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 07:45 AM
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a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan



It's all conspiring to create a future that's more dystopic than we were ever looking for.



posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 07:49 AM
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a reply to: kosmicjack

Thats a bit disconcerting.....



posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 07:52 AM
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a reply to: Kandinsky

I've watched that TED talk video before.... it scared the bejesus out of me.

A definite eye-opening "must watch" for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. The things this woman talks about will have you sit up and pay attention.



This is the stuff of most seasoned ATSers' nightmares !




posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 07:57 AM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

Hey it's good to know someone else has seen it. It's genuinely scary stuff and especially when it's combined with what else is going on in the world. All this division and separatism. People losing the ability to be independent and kids losing their critical thinking skills. People are googling out of confirmation biases instead of researching.



ETA - I just came back to add how the video has changed the way I use YT and even other websites. I use Google News and now know that the story feed is based on previous clicks. That isn't how I want to see the world...through my own little filter. Her lecture struck a chord and made a difference.
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posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 07:58 AM
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a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan

Not too dissimilar to my experiences between work and home. Those two computers aren't even registered to the same person in any way.



posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 08:06 AM
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a reply to: Kandinsky

The scariest part is that everything she talks about is happening right here, right now, right under our noses...

These are the sorts of things that need to be brought to the public's attention. These are the sorts of things we should all be rallying together about, picking up our pitchforks and torches, and storming the palaces.



posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 08:23 AM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

Absolutely. It's a nightmare case of unforeseen consequences. How can it be rolled back? Is there any way of changing the direction? Throttling the momentum? Who would take responsibility?!

It's like a snowball rolling down the mountain and we're all pushing from behind to make it go faster. It's bad for humanity, but it's making people billionaires and we all use social media. No pressure to change.



posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 08:41 AM
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a reply to: Kandinsky

For me the most angering and frightening aspect of all this algorithm/mind control/dystopian stuff is the fact that it's such a runaway train, there's not a damn thing any of us can do about it to try and stop it.

And even if we could ? TPTB would just find some other way to bend us at their will.

Our modern day lives are completely surrounded with computers and being connected all around us at all times now (literally everything is computerized and interconnected these days).




TED talks like the one you posted definitely helps to make us more aware and therefore allowing us to pay more attention to what we're doing and what we're allowing into our heads, but let's be honest, is there really any escape or way to stop this ?!

I fear the only way to truly escape from becoming a victim (in one way shape or form) would be to sell everything lock stock and barrel, and disappear deep into the woods living like a caveman.

Reminds me of the old "turn on, tune in, drop out" counterculture belief system.

Maybe they were right all along...




posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 08:54 AM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

Yes the algorithm isn't malignant or hostile, it just is what it is and does its thing blindly. Education and awareness would be a great way of softening the effects, but it's hard to truly teach that kind of awareness. Critical reading isn't a priority in most classrooms or at least not when it comes to political understanding.



TED talks like the one you posted definitely helps to make us more aware and therefore allowing us to pay more attention to what we're doing and what we're allowing into our heads, but let's be honest, is there really any escape or way to stop this ?!


I also suppose we're a self-selecting sample because who else watches TED talks? The message in the lecture won't be seen by anyone who isn't already sympathetic to the message. Ironic.


Is there an escape? I guess culturally we're all like fishes in the same water. You and I could switch off, perhaps, but we'd still be a part of the overall culture being negatively affected by these echo chamber algorithms. Not a happy thought!



posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 09:18 AM
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I also suppose we're a self-selecting sample because who else watches TED talks? The message in the lecture won't be seen by anyone who isn't already sympathetic to the message. Ironic.


Ha !

Too true.

If you or I were to walk up to one of our neighbours and start talking about this stuff, chances are we'd get back as a response the ol' deer-in-the-headlights glazed over look from them.

They'd think we were nuts, then shrug it off, then start talking about Mrs. Cringlemeyer's unruly flower beds down the street. What's wrong with her ? Why doesn't she pluck her weeds ?


*sigh*

We'll all doomed.



posted on Jan, 6 2018 @ 05:13 AM
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I was just about to open a thread about this, then saw this one.

It was because someone had a similar experience - they were talking to their wife (in the same room as their Alexa) about a conversation they'd just had at work about a specific (unusual) flavour of health bar - something they'd never looked for online.

Next day goes into his Amazon account and that specific thing is in his recommended products.

I've also heard of things appearing as ads after presumably their conversation has been picked up by a phone that was not even in use.

Surely it's a huge invasion of privacy?



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