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Friday, May 18, 2018

Google's Selfish Ledger

Remember this from then, but at the time not too much in the way of reaction.  Now there seems to be more caution regarding what large companies can think about leveraging.

Google's Selfish Ledger is an unsettling vision of Silicon Valley Social Engineering

This internal video from 2016 shows a Google concept for how total data collection could reshape society   By Vlad Savov   @vladsavov     in theVerge

Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users. Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a stunningly ambitious and unsettling look at how some at the company envision using that information in the future.

The video was made in late 2016 by Nick Foster, the head of design at X (formerly Google X) and a co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory. The video, shared internally within Google, imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals, custom-prints personalized devices to collect more data, and even guides the behavior of entire populations to solve global problems like poverty and disease.  ... " 

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