Friday, November 26, 2021

Devices as Robots

It's odd to think of our devices as robots. But our phones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, PCs, and connected home devices are, in fact, conduits for some of the most advanced forms of AI ever created. Companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have built sophisticated, planetary-scale machine-learning algorithms whose entire purpose is to generate engagement - which is to say, to short-circuit your brain's limbic system, divert your attention, and keep you clicking and scrolling for as long as possible.

- From Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation by Kevin Roose

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