Technology continues to advance at a very quick speed. It’s guessed that every twelve to eighteen months, computers double their abilities, and so do the information technologies that use them.
That’s a good thing, right? No? Some people think that information technology is leading us towards a “dystopia” — a terrible, scary world.
Police around the world are using Facial Recognition technology to find criminals. This technology allows them to find out where a person is, where a person has been, and with whom a person has been meeting. They hope to not only catch criminals after they do a crime, but stop them before the crime happens. Many people say that it’s okay because the police are only watching bad people. Good people have nothing to worry about. Is this true?
It’s not only police that are using technology to follow us and carefully study our behavior, of course. In fact, Facial Recognition is just the “tip of the iceberg.” The issue is much, much bigger than that.
Social media is a big part of our lives, now. As we saw with Brexit, it is being used in dishonest ways to affect how people vote. Let’s read this article from the VOA website about the recent election in India: In India, Fake News Floods Social Media as Voting Begins
How is this happening? Why do social media companies allow this to happen? Could it be that the companies themselves don’t know how to control their own technology? Watch this TED vide and think about these questions.
Watch the following TED talk with the best subtitles for you. Then answer the questions below:
What is her main argument? What evidence does she give? What does she mean by, “…we are the product that’s being sold”? What solutions does she suggest? How convincing is her argument? Does her argument change how you feel about media like Facebook or YouTube? Why are why not? Leave your reply below.