The Public’s Supremely Stupid Tolerance

Good God, this is the dumbest – and most dangerous – thing I’ve seen yet.
A Facebook message pops up on my phone screen. ‘What’s going on in your world?’
It’s from a robot named Woebot, the brainchild of Stanford University psychologist Alison Darcy.
This “bot” looks at what you do and then decides it thinks you’re depressed.
Ok, who owns that “deduction” and what happens when it’s wrong?
See, here’s the problem — this doesn’t require an “app” that you load. Facebook looks at everything you do that it can link back to your id on their site now.
Is the company doing this now — and selling it to whoever wishes to buy, such as, for example, your health insurance company? Your employer? A recruiting company (that in turn has quite a bit of influence over whether you find future employment)? A prospective landlord? Never mind the government.
Look folks, you have some deep thinking to do. It is exactly this sort of “app” that leads me to say “Advertise on Facebook or any other Zuckerberg property and I will never buy from you again.“

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-07-21.