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John; August 9, 2021

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

John talks about the importance of choosing your own path before the algorithms decide for you, and how Twitter recently discovered its photo-cropping algorithms are not only racist — they are ageist, ableist, and Islamaphobic. 

This is Day 9 of the August Daily Episode Challenge. John got suspended from Twitter for a week.

Email john@emodojo.com or text/call 14054403330

He it what's up. It's John Welcome back toEmo Dojo for Monday August. Ninth. This is the ninth day of my daily episodechallenge for August. So thanks for hanging in there I know there they all can't be gems,but you know whatever I'm getting in here. Getting it done doing the editing uploading all thatShit, so that counts for something I was just looking at an article abouttwitter right. I like twitter. I like it's icing, concise. You just got tosay what you got to say and get off. Often it seems like a Shit River, it'snothing but a bunch of garbage flowing by and you can comment on it and getstinky yourself if you want, but it's a good way to craft headlines, and thingslike that. I got kicked off twitter for a weekbecause I think some terrorists got mad when I said something like shoot em ifthey get out of line...

...yeah. So I had to delete that post andI got. I can't use any of the buttons on twitter for a week when so here'swhat twitter did over the weekend. They were at Defcon, which is a hackerconference. They held some breakout sessions and had some hackers just kindof test their system and go through their photo cropping algorithms to seeif they could find any any errors or missions or any fucker Y.generally speaking, and of course they did so not only see in the past their algorithm, theirphoto cropping out. The GRYM was racist. It would always crop the white people,leave the white people in and crop out the black people. Well, they also foundout it's a just ablest and Islamophobia, so twitter will crop you out if youhave white, hair or gray hair. If you have a head scarf...

...and if you're low I kind of get the low one if it's cropping faces in the majority of the faces are in thecenter. I can see why I would crop there, but it's saying that it's ablest,because that will exclude somebody sitting in a wheel chair. So that's the only one. I have aquestion about the other ones are weird right, likehead scarf Huh yeah it'll leave you out if you got ahead scarf on or gray hair, so why was I mentioning twitter? Well, not because I got kicked off because ofthe algorithms. I was one of the chapters in evaluatesbook. Twenty one ideas for the twenty first century. He dedicated one wholechapter to the Algorithms and the creepy thing is not to me that robotsare going to rule the world or anything like that. It's that you get pigeonhold into the wrong thing in life.

Did you ever see the be movie wasSeinfeld. I love that movie, but it also shows that kind ofregimented idea that you can be this or you could be that or whatever and youstick with it and that's all you get to do and that's what the Algorithms insocial media do right now, they're forming opinions of you and reinforcing those opinions back into a loop, and sowhat horary warns about mostly, is that if you don't know what you want to bein life, if you aren't solid on your plan for the future and who is reallyright, a lot of people don't really know what they want to do next week,let alone next year. But if you don't have some concept of what you are andyour your, what you offer to life, the algorithms are going to startputting you in wrong categories and one day you won't be able to get out of it.Your choices will be limited. You won't see the same job offerings. You won'tsee the same house offerings or food options. This sounds like that's crazytalk, but it's already happening.

Imagine self driving cars of the futurethat refused to let you get off the freeway had a particular exit becauseyour credit score isn't high enough. Imagine an ambulance lowering yourpriority because you haven't paid your healthcare bill so now that everything's connected the algorithms mean somethingright: they're, always working and they're always trying to find a placefor us. We can't just swim around in the spectrum anymore. It's this abinary thing, that's trying to make us either or so. To that end, all I'm saying is think about what youwant to be and contribute to the planet as life goes on and be careful in what you choose, because the algorithms are going toreinforce that and if you haven't chosen, maybe stayaway from the algorithms as much as possible. I know it'ss hard if you getatm card or a cell phone or whatever...

...that you're already, you already beentracked and catalogued and labelled and quantified. So to the extent that youwant some kind of free, will you better start thinking of those choices now so that you can get the algorithms towork in your favor? I think those people that do decide what they want todo with themselves will will benefit greatly because the algorithms willactually help they can't they can't but help if you've already chosen that thingthat you're into so that's what it comes back to twitter and theiralgorithms being so racist and ablest and ages they're already workingagainst us, the algorithms that is not the people that made the algorithmsthey did it unwittingly. The thing is: if you train a i with your own personalbiases, the ai is going to have your own personal biases. So if you got abunch of white dudes coating, the ai guess what the so, if you want to readmore just, i think it's on it's just...

...fucking, google, twitter, racistalgorithm and go to the news section. You can read that article and, ofcourse i highly recommend harari book twenty one ideas for the twenty firstcentury. I hope you have an excellent day, i'll talk to you too, and now back to the wall.

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