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If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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Just saw a preview of The Great Hack film which will be released later in the week.

Breathtaking story. Mueller is looking in all the wrong places. The Russian operation was fairly insignificant. What wasn't insignificant were companies like Cambridge Analytica and the digital giants, especially Facebook and Google.

The model for CA was 1) steal massive amount of data from Facebook users--with Zuckerberg's consent--30 million users with 5000+ data points each, 2) construct from that huge sample a personality profile of every American voter, and then 3) target individual content to each voter with the prospect of behavior change.

People would not know that they were being individually targeted, nor would they be allowed to know what data had been collected on them, nor to what uses it was being put. CA perfected this technique in Malaysia, Italy, Tobago, Ghana, Nigeria, Romania, and more, where they won elections by both suppressing voter turnout and increasing it through digital campaigns that seemed to be grassroots driven but were not. And then they brought those techniques to the 2016 American election and the Brexit campaign. All while Zuckerberg lied to Congress about what CA had done with the Facebook data.

These companies are unaccountable to anyone. They live outside the framework of the laws of any national entity. They are even more of a danger in my opinion than the governmental mass surveillers, if that's possible.

I don't know if there's a way to put the genii back in the bottle. It would require the best minds in computer security to lay out some kind of path to sanity and freedom.
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Which djin and which bottle? How much of the content on the site linked below is written by people?
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone
* meet the proletarian writing machine: https://github.com/openai/gpt-2
https://www.cbronline.com/news/microsoft-openai-investment
hello FaceBook
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recall a few years ago - the Stross novel Rule 34 featuring the program ATHENA. Today: https://boingboing.net/2019/07/24/why-di......the.html
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That's the most frightening thing I've heard in a long time. Thanks for pointing it out.

It certainly passes my personal Turing test.
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