Dr. Marc Torrens, @marctorrens
IS DEMOCRACY IN DANGER?
1989 by Tim Berners-Lee
“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that
humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in
anarchy that we have ever had.” Eric Schmidt
World Wide Web
WEB 1.0, read-only 1996
user generated contend
WEB 2.0, read-write 2006
WEB 3.0 2016
INTERNET OF THINGS
WHAT’S COMING NOW?
Animate and inanimate objects on
earth will be generating data.
SEARCH AND RECOMMENDATIONS
We are leaving the age of information and entering the age of recommendation.
CNN Money, ”The race to create a ´smart´ google”
“The web, they say, is leaving the era of search and entering one of discovery. What is the
difference? Search is what you do when you’re looking for something. Discovery is when
something wonderful that you did not know existed, or did not know how to ask for, finds you”.
SO… ALGORITHMS ARE
DISCOVERING AND PERSONALIZING
CONTENT FOR US!
BAD NEWS… we are living in our own bubble!
THE FILTER BUBBLE by Eli Pariser
POINTS OF VIEW
“A squirel dying in
your backyard may
be more relevant to
your interests right
n o w t h a n p e o p l e
dying in Africa”
by Mark Zuckerberg
ECHO CHAMBER EFFECT ≈ POLARIZATION
•Digital Prison for our thinking
•Liberal Paternalism (top - down)
• “totalitariam regime with a rosy cover?”
•no ethical constraints
ONE EXTREME CASE…
China Brain Project
THE SINGULARITY (SUPER INTELLIGENCE)
ELON MUSK BILL GATES
…the most serious DANGERto society…
•Moore’s Law (18 months)
•Big Data (12 months)
•General Artiﬁcial Intelligence