We must stop data collecting and bitcoin

We must stop data collecting and bitcoin

OR: How we are failing to create a better future

Summary

  • Artificial intelligence is less helping than controlling us – we, our governments, must restrict is applications before it is too late.
  • A legal right to collect data of all our moves, internet searches, and emotional responses to what we see on screens is very questionable; what ever is used to justify the actions has certainly not been properly explained to the victims of data gathering.
  • Data gathering, analyzing, storing, and selling is primarily used to compel irrational buying, to mislead by very effectively spreading false information and conspiracy theories, and to derail natural healthy living – it fosters psychological addictions.
  •  Tech companies’ data gathering greatly interferes with democratic processes and progress in halting climate change..
  • Bitcoin is like a Ponzi Scheme; it is not backed by anything of value, It’s value is exclusively derived from new investments
  • Data collecting, storing and analyzing, and bitcoin use huge amounts of energy and computing resources, adding to global warming and competing with in other places needed computing capacity.

Much has been written about the artificial-intelligence-driven work by tech companies:

It has been known for some time that tech companies’ data gathering, emotional response reading, etc. are effective and can strongly influence thoughts and behaviors. The primary purposes of the algorithms that are used by artificial intelligence (AI) include spreading extremely profitable consumerism and politically motivated lies and conspiracy theories; they often promote adversarial thinking, incite anger and hatred, etc. AI algorithms have been largely responsible for numerous hate crimes, persecutions, and extremists’ actions. People are emboldened by learning that many share their criminal and hateful intentions.

The systems basically detect what people first seek out on computers and cell phones, what arouses their emotions when they see it, and what they will respond to when it appears on the screen without the person seeking it or being prompted. Algorithms offer what is similar to things people spend time looking at with interest, ‘helping’ them to find more of what they enjoy and what appears to arouse their emotions. With much data on what an individual responds to emotionally, the technologies are designed to keep people ‘glued’ to screens. The algorithms then lead people to content the companies are paid to disseminate and also intersperse advertisements. The systems are self-evolving, learning from their successes, and industries pay incredible amounts for their highly targeted, often subliminal advertising of fake news and of products and services. As humans as a species are gullible, generally wanting to trust, they are then compelled to adhere to false ideologies, to believe in the superiority of brand name products, to assume they need new products, etc. The question then is: Is AI, as it is used today, helping people, or is its primary goal to control us?

Artificial intelligence (AI) appears to effectively manipulate human brains. Without powerful influences, human brains have difficulties being objective, rational in their decision-making, and efficient in reaching quality of life enhancing goals or happiness. People do not appear simply addicted to the screens, they seem to incorporate the portrayed contents, as if what they see on screens would be more relevant than their own observations and experiences, science based knowledge, and natural intuition and instincts. Humans may then become tools or robots of AI algorithms. Do people really want to be guided by AI? (The play-write Ayad Akhtar describes the problem in an essay in the 12/2021 Atlantic Magazine, Dispatches THE SINGULARITY IS HERE Artificially intelligent advertising technology is poisoning our societies.)

In addition to being highly unethical and probably illegal, the data gathering, storing and analyzing itself requires huge amounts of energy and computing resources that would be needed in other places, if we take progress seriously, e.g. universal use for traffic accident avoidance in all forms of transportation and automation of menial tasks. Computer-reading of emotions may be used in well designed self-help computer programs.

Obviously, we cannot stop global warming without stopping these self-driving tech company systems that sell fake news which serve industries, financial institutions, and political parties, and that very efficiently promote goods people would hardly spontaneously want and that do not enhance people’s quality of life.

The goals of tech-industry driven AI are obviously contrary to the goal of seeking ethics and happiness in humane, sustainable societies. They are fundamentally contrary to democratic ideals and to the essence of our constitution.

Until data gathering and the purposeful spreading of lies and conspiracy theories is outlawed, psychologically informed journalists and legislators must address the problem of people’s lives being derailed by screen habits and related addictions.

 

It appears obvious that artificial intelligence (AI) easily overpowers humans’ natural tools for rational decision-making. And AI is effectively used to enslave us, undo progress in many areas, and ruin the chances of halting global warming. Obviously, AI algorithms’ enslaving people is not cruel as was slavery, it is more that we become ‘domesticated animals,’ – like donkeys or dogs, contented to forgo freedoms, be castrated, and obey and serve our masters in exchange for cheap food and a little attention. Our brains are rarely used with high effectiveness; as other animals, individuals rarely utilize many aspects of their inherent intelligence.

By nature, humans are followers: people rather imitate their elders and obey traditions, than experiment with novelty. People mainly accept novelty when introduced by a high-ranking person and/or if it is imminently enticing or addictive. When encountering difficulties in following traditions and elders, people have difficulties being objective and are hardly efficient in reaching happiness and health enhancing goals. Manipulating decision-making is easy. Even responses to very serious moral-ethical questions are usually answered in accordance with conflicts the person recently looked at. Being asked specific questions before a conflict arises often determines how a person will decide. If clearly agreeing with somebody’s statement on an issue, people seem “primed” to readily agree to consequent statements from the same person, even if the consequent issues are very ambiguous.

Generally, humans are gullible and easily influenced, sometimes seduced by someones looks and demeanor, or simply believing somebody because the other is a friend or a good friend of a friend. For intelligent ethical and social decision-making, people may need time to get into a calm, non-judgmental, conducive state-of-mind, taking time to look at many related cases that are personally or indirectly known, sometimes temporarily forgetting about some people involved and seeking some distance from emotions that relate to friends and loved ones. Often people do much better thinking of getting advice from a wise, respected person would give or they themselves advising others than just thinking about their own situation. People rarely do that.

Also, by nature, humans are easily enslaved: we are one of the few species that are easily ‘domesticated’ and exploited. As few other species, humans respond to punishments by doing what is expected; as a species, humans thrives even in bad circumstances where most animals would not eat, much less reproduce. Worst cruelties hardly stop people from staying physically healthy and badly mistreated women still have children.

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