The Database Economy and Anonymous Friends

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  1. Tony says:

    Steven Levy’s _In the Plex_ contends that Google’s vast data collecting and mining enterprise is an artificial intelligence. To the extent that Facebook engineers are comparably motivated and skilled, Facebook’s silicon mind is another. To have the quantity of shared social information available for “postprocessing” is what is new about these times. In the real village before the global village everyone more or less knew what everyone was thinking but no one was able to extract the kind of inferences that contemporary software is capable of. Facebook’s motives are purely mercenary, as far as I can tell. If Levy is to be believed, Page and Brin have other motives (or additional motives).

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