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    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      2 months ago

      2 Important Essential Minutes. Not only for awareness of one’s own reputation online; also to be aware of asking:

      Is it True~True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary?

      in regards to others before judging based on what is read online.

      After sharing the news with some friends and getting a good laugh out of the whole situation, a short rumination on what had happened made me consider how this could have gone down a much darker path. Sure, after taking the time to read the Wikipedia article, one can easily figure out that I'm not a serial killer though one can never be so sure. However, the fact that an algorithm that's used by billions of people can so easily bend information in such ways is truly terrifying.

      The rampant spread of fake news and cancel culture has made literally everyone who's not anonymous vulnerable. Whoever has presence on the internet today has to look after their "online representation". A small mistake in the system can lead to anything from a minor inconvenience to a disaster that can decimate careers and reputations of people in the matter of days. Until today, I always had the mindset that such things "happen to other people, but it will likely never happen to me". I was certainly wrong about that.

      • Pegeen
        ScoutScribe
        2 months ago

        Great questions and a good reminder!

    • Pegeen
      ScoutScribe
      2 months ago

      Wow, that’s crazy!

    • thorgalle
      Scribe
      2 months ago

      If the output of an machine learning or or other probabilistic solution isn’t sure to be correct, it should be appropriately labeled as such, I think.

      Google does that with their YouTube automatic captions, why not here?

    • topwobble2 months ago

      My first article completed on ReadUp! 👋🐼

      • thorgalle
        Scribe
        2 months ago

        Excellent reader name you have there! 👌

      • Florian
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        2 months ago

        👏👋

      • Jessica
        Scout
        2 months ago

        Welcome to Readup, @topwobble!

    • Florian
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      2 months ago

      Maybe letting a single internet company "organize the world's information" probably isn't such a great idea

      Not just maybe

    • vunderkind
      Scout
      2 months ago

      Yikes.

      • Jessica
        Scout
        2 months ago

        Thanks for the scout. This is alarming, though not very surprising, sadly... We rely so much on the internet, on search engines, to provide all sorts of information. My mind strays to employers who may be "researching" a potential hire... this can decimate someone's livelihood.

        A small mistake in the system can lead to anything from a minor inconvenience to a disaster that can decimate careers and reputations of people in the matter of days.