These machines have been trained to hunt conservatives

 

Understanding algorithms – and the importance of the people who create and manage them – couldn't be more important, because it will be algorithms, not humans, that will eventually govern big tech platforms.

This is already happening. In YouTube's 2019 "community guidelines enforcement report" – a yearly celebration of the amount of videos they've kicked off the internet – the video-sharing platform reported that the vast majority of videos removed from its platform that year were a result of "automated flagging." According to the report, over 8 million videos removed from the platform were a result of automated flagging, compared to just 345,435 that were taken down as a result of reports from users. Clearly, we are already living in a world run, at least in part, by machines. And—if those candid statements from current and former Twitter employees are representative of wider attitudes in Silicon Valley—those machines have been trained to hunt conservatives.

But it's not just about content removals. We are rapidly moving into a world in which big tech algorithms are involved in almost every aspect of our lives. Whether we're approved for loans, mortgage, insurance, whether we're allowed to rent an apartment, whether we can use platforms like Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft, whether our business appears at the top of Google search or whether it's buried five pages down, even who we'll be matched with on online dating apps. Algorithms already have an outsized impact on our daily lives, and this trend is only going to accelerate.

Control over this technology is the biggest prize in tech. In the title of his influential 2013 book, computer scientist Jaron Lanier asked, "Who owns the future?" With AI set to become a major feature of virtually every industry over the next century, the question may very well be rephrased as, "Who owns the AI?" Industries are unlikely to develop their own AI systems; they will likely rely on whatever is produced by the "experts" in Silicon Valley. The same tech giants that dominate today are likely to dominate the AI-powered world of tomorrow. AI trained in leftist ideology will carry those biases far beyond Silicon Valley, into finance, housing, journalism, law, commerce, and every other field you can imagine. In the near future, AI will help determine whether you're hired for a job, whether you're approved for a loan or a mortgage, whether your children are accepted into a university, whether you can finance a car, whether you can rent an apartment.

An incident at Google in 2019 showed just how determined the left is to maintain ideological hegemony over AI. In March of that year, Google announced the formation of an external "AI ethics council" comprised of eight members. Seven of the eight included mainstream academics, computing experts, and a former diplomat who served under Barack Obama. But for left-wing Google employees, one member stood out: Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, one of the foremost conservative think tanks in the U.S.

The freakout was immediate. One the same day that Google announced its plans for an AI ethics council, employees created a thread on an internal discussion channel to complain about the inclusion of Coles James. The discussion quickly spiraled into a chorus of smears against the African-American conservative, with far-left employees accusing her of "hateful positions," "bigotry," and even something called "exterminationism." One employee branded the Heritage Foundation "monstrous," describing it as "organization dedicated to eliminating LGBTQ+ people from public life, driving them back into the closet" and "denying them healthcare." Another employee claimed the "rhetorical violence" of the think tank "translate[s] into real, material violence against trans people, particularly trans women of color."

These machines have been trained to hunt conservatives These machines have been trained to hunt conservatives Reviewed by PostDiscus on September 24, 2020 Rating: 5

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