In an act of technological futurism, I ask you to imagine a human-scale internet. An internet for ants.
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Thank you for making the “bird internet” reference. I’ve been referencing it for years to little response and was beginning to think I was the only one that found it hilarious.
I have a comment I'd like to be around longer than a chat post.
Isn't it odd that "AI" has been equated with "automated content producer" rather than "automated filter".
That, too, would "be a job for AI". Suppose an AI could learn from what you clicked "go away" on, what people you respect clicked "go away" on, so that instead of the slot machine throwing endless trolling content at you, you only saw stuff that lacked a long list of trolling, offensive terms and even ideas?
What would be the point of "filling the zone with shit" if nobody with their SmartGPTfilters(TM) turned on will see it?
AI is like a pitchfork: a handy tool in your hands, a dire threat in somebody else's, who regards you as a resource to exploit.
Justin's deep into Cory Doctrow territory here, and doing well in it, but Cory already noted the most important thing about "AI". Every profit-making corporation is a "slow AI", programmed by its charter to make money, at the expense of any humane or decent restriction, if necessary. The SlowAI will fire any human component, including the CEO, give itself a brain transplant, if the faulty components reduce profit margins by 1% to save a million Rohinga. (Stupid humans and their inefficiencies.)
It isn't the dumb machine AI we have to worry about: it's the SlowAI corporations running profit programs that are causing it all. As I noted in the chat, nearly every non-profit, open-source internet community has been a long-term success.
I also have a response to Justin's question about creating a better social media culture. It goes on for a bit, and has a bunch of really huge photos for explanatory material, so I put up a web essay at my site, here:
..about an existing (analog) social culture where socialists and fascists meet, say hi, and usually go to different bars to drink. No fights.
Possibly interesting for those thinking about this is how to combat a social network hiding (which it may do algorithmically and not necessarily nefariously) that you've left. https://natematias.medium.com/how-twitter-misleads-us-about-how-many-people-have-left-and-what-to-do-about-it-bba484b6fed6
I want to lock you in a room with Jaron Lanier, Jonathan Haidt, and Zeynep Tufekci to come up with Bird Internet