In fact, the main empirical article cited in the paper also says no. Yes, there are complicated interaction effects but the simplest empirical answer to the simple form of the question is … no.
If you look at a company like Google or Amazon and many others, they do a little bit of device manufacture, but the only reason they do is to create a channel between people and algorithms.
And the algorithms run on these big cloud computer facilities. The distinction between a corporation and an algorithm is fading. Does that make an algorithm a person?
Here we have this interesting confluence between two totally different worlds. We have the world Discussing the front piece of the money and politics and the so-called conservative Supreme Court, with this other world of what we can call artificial intelligence, which is a movement within the technical culture to find an equivalence between computers and people.
The idea that computers are people has a long and storied history. It goes back to the very origins of computers, and even from before.
That mythology, in turn, has spurred a reactionary, perpetual spasm from people who are horrified by what they hear. They must be stopped. A good starting point might be the latest round of anxiety about artificial intelligence, which has been stoked by some figures who I respect tremendously, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.
The usual sequence of thoughts you have here is something like: What do I mean by AI being a fake thing? That it adds a layer of religious thinking to what otherwise should be a technical field.
Now, if we talk about the particular technical challenges that AI researchers might be interested in, we end up with something that sounds a little duller and makes a lot more sense.
For instance, we can talk about pattern classification. Can you get programs that recognize faces, that sort of thing? I was the chief scientist of the company Google bought that got them into that particular game some time ago.
And I love that stuff. It might be to become fully autonomous driving vehicles instead of only partially autonomous, or it might be being able to fully have a conversation as opposed to only having a useful part of a conversation to help you interface with the device. It hurt a lot of careers. And this has to do with just clarity of user interface, and then that turns into an economic effect.
People are social creatures. We want to be pleasant, we want to get along. If a program tells you, well, this is how things are, this is who you are, this is what you like, or this is what you should do, we have a tendency to accept that.
But it does contribute, at a macro level, to this overall atmosphere of accepting the algorithms as doing a lot more than they do. If you want to put the work into it, you can play with that; you can try to erase your history, or have multiple personas on a site to compare them.
In other words, the only way for such a system to be legitimate would be for it to have an observatory that could observe in peace, not being sullied by its own recommendations. Dating always has an element of manipulation; shopping always has an element of manipulation; in a sense, a lot of the things that people use these things for have always been a little manipulative.
The easiest entry point for understanding the link between the religious way of confusing AI with an economic problem is through automatic language translation. If somebody has heard me talk about that before, my apologies for repeating myself, but it has been the most readily clear example.
For three decades, the AI world was trying to create an ideal, little, crystalline algorithm that could take two dictionaries for two languages and turn out translations between them. Intellectually, this had its origins particularly around MIT and Stanford. But over time, the hypothesis failed because nobody could do it.
Finally, in the s, researchers at IBM and elsewhere figured out that the way to do it was with what we now call big data, where you get a very large example set, which interestingly, we call a corpus—call it a dead person.
If you have enough examples, you can correlate examples of real translations phrase by phrase with new documents that need to be translated. And you know what? The thing that we have to notice though is that, because of the mythology about AI, the services are presented as though they are these mystical, magical personas.
The consumer tech companies, we tend to put a face in front of them, like a Cortana or a Siri. The problem with that is that these are not freestanding services.24 thoughts on “ Does Facebook Cause Loneliness?
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