Technology, manipulation, things, easy life…

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Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge. The test saw Facebook “manipulate” news feeds to control which emotional expressions the users were exposed to. The research was done in collaboration with two US universities to gauge if “exposure to emotions led people to change their own posting behaviours”. (1)

We are everyday manipulated by things we believe are here to make our life easier.
We are every day used by the Internet instead of using it. The slave has become the master.

But technology is here just to facilitate.
We are the tool handlers.
Not the tools.
We are the subjects.
Not the objects.

Your power is only a click away.
(Don’t) Use it wisely…

Stop using things, if you do not want to be used…
Stop needing things, if you do not want to turn into one…

Facebook, Google, the death of Internet, true knowledge…

In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is shifting. WhatsApp charges users $0.99 a year, a fee it justifies in a straightforward way—no ads, no data mining, no kidding. Now that one of the world’s most prolific data miners owns WhatsApp, we’ll see if the service can continue to guard privacy in the same way. Regardless, the lesson stands. People are realizing just how much their data is worth.

The free Internet will soon be dead.
Because we value our privacy.

We want to Google for information of others, but we do not wish others to search for our data.
We like to keep close to our selves rather than open up to the Universe.

Wise men repeatedly advised people to think openly.
To try to unite with the cosmos.
Who would thought that this advise would be relevant to today’s Internet.

Search for knowledge inside your self.
And then let everyone in.
Google and Facebook will lose all their money.
And you will win the world…

Robots test their own world wide web, dubbed RoboEarth.

RoboEarth. Human Earth!

A world wide web for robots to learn from each other and share information is being shown off for the first time. Scientists behind RoboEarth will put it through its paces at Eindhoven University in a mocked-up hospital room.

Four robots will use the system to complete a series of tasks, including serving drinks to patients. It is the culmination of a four-year project, funded by the European Union. The eventual aim is that both robots and humans will be able to upload information to the cloud-based database, which would act as a kind of common brain for machines. (1)

We humans used to have that too. We used to understand each other. We used to be interconnected. And we gave all that up for being interconnected with fake FB profiles and bots.

Let’s just hope that our creations will not follow our example…

Every child should be better than its parent…

A machine in the Internet, a human in the woods. Everything is natural. Harmony is to be preserved. Soon nature will take its way. Soon the forest will echo again with human laughter… Human Earth will rise again!

Animals. Facebook. Friends.

We all know that the internet loves animals. Now you can take that adoration one step further and friend a wild animal on Facebook.

The creatures are getting online thanks to WildMe, a social media app that pulls data from citizen-science platform WildBook and turns it into Facebook pages. The prototype app, already live online, has pages where users can friend and get updates on whale sharks and polar bears. (1)

The Internet has already become a domain for non-human entities. (see “Internet, bots, humans” here) Now even animals come into place to fill in the puzzle! We must accept it one way or another: In order to find our human nature we must leave behind anything related to non-human activities. We know what activities these are. We are just too addicted to them…

Unless we want to hang out with animals, the difficult path is open for us to take…

> Check out the other related to dehumanization post at Harmonia Philosophica Blogger portal! <

Blogging together… Dying together…

We are the first generation of bloggers.

We have seen the Internet born. We have watched it grow. We have started writing in it. Surfing in it.

And some day, we will be gone. Some day we will simply not be anymore. Our sites, our blogs, our texts, the comments we made to other blogs, the “likes” and all the interactions we enjoyed so much will be mute. They will be mute, echoing interesting times. They will be just shadows.

Shadows of a past long gone…

We are all travelling together. People who do not know each other and yet sharing something cherished. Free falling to the ground. Limited time. Precious time…

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