Sarah Hartman-Caverly MS(LIS), MSIS

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Thought Experiments

"A handful of people... will steer what a billion people are thinking today."

Posted by smhartman on October 12, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Interesting insights from Silicon Valley developers on the implications of social media and smart technology for autonomy and intellectual freedom, including:

  • How the "attention economy" reengineers the Internet to manufacture consent
  • How lack of age diversity in product engineering roles contributed to the failure to consider the unintended consequences of design choices
  • How design choices reflect the 'habit-forming' intent of Silicon Valley
  • The role of user choice and agency - and how these are undermined by product design
  • How technology companies exploit users' social and psychological vulnerabilities
  • The implications of 'continuous partial attention' for our ability to think, reason, and make decisions with intent - and what this means for democratic self-governance
  • The human existential threat of attention control technology
Paul Lewis, "'Our minds can be hijacked': The tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia."  Read more via The Guardian.

Categories: Algorithms, Autonomy, Unintended consequences

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