The Skynet is here, AI is taking over.
The AI algorithms that has recently the last decade taken over the internet, is specially constructed to keep people engaged. It’s competition for costumers, taken to the logical extremes. When you watch a video on YouTube, search for products on the internet or chose a tv series in Netflix. The data used to show relevant content and products. This is big business, but what are the costs?
AI causes echo chambers on YouTube and Facebook.
By only showing the content relevant to the topic at hand that other people liked, you are artificially creating echo chamber. Because they will only listen to talking points from the same side. I belive this has in large degree contributed to the current Trump vs Hillary popularization, that we saw before the election. The people who liked Trump, where only showed content supporting trump. The people who supported Hillary, where only showed content supporting her. I think Trump supporter abused these algorithms to get their content out, in the end aiding Trump to secure the victory.
AI can help extremism
There are also other communities taking advantage of these relevant content formulas by creating echo chamber for white nationalism, anarchism, communism, and other extremes. They only need to make you watch one video and your feeds will throw more videos from these echo chambers. We can avoid this by allowing the algorithms to show videos that are popular but have opposing views. The problem is that services do not want to do this because it can lead to consumer loss.
AI can cause or encourage Self harm
If a person has a dangerous disorder as obesity,drugs, pedophilia, cutting, bulimia, danger seeking or anorexia. If they click on one video of an anorexic person, they have that content more featured to them. The suggestion will be other videos of anorexic people, eventually this can normalize anorexia for that person. Everything that person watches becomes pro anorexia. This can make these disorders worse and much harder to threat. Once the person has recovered, this is still the content the person will see in his feed.
AI can cause or encourage murder and suicide
People seeking to harm themselves or others. As above these will have their content catered to their abnormalities and strengthen them. Ad-sense will also have som interesting interactions with these. It targets users with products they have looked at earlier. So if a potential murderer looks at products on a website that sells guns and decides it was a bad idea. This guy will not make the choice of becoming a murderer. But ad-sense will bring up the subject again by putting the assault rifle on the website he visits some days later. In some cases that might make him change his mind or start dreaming about it again.