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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

Hey, what's up? It's John. Welcome back to Emo Dojo for Monday August nine. This is the ninthday of my daily episode challenge for August, so thanks for hanging in there.I know they they're 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 I that counts for something. I was just looking atarticle about twitter. Right, I like twitter. I like it's nice andconcise. Just gotta say what you got to say and get off. Oftenit seems like a Shit River. It's nothing but a bunch of garbage flowingby and you can comment on it and get stinky yourself if you want,but it's a good way to craft headlines and things like that. I gotkicked off twitter for a week because I think some terrorists got mad when Isaid something like shoot him if they get...

...out of line. Yeah, soI had to delete that post and I got I can't use any of thebuttons on twitter for a week. Wow. So here's what twitter did over theweekend. They were at Def Con, which is a hacker conference. Theyheld some breakout session and had some hackers just kind of test their systemand go through their photocropping algorithms to see if they can find any any errors, oh missions or any fuckery generally speaking. And of course they did so,not only seeing the past. Their Algorithm, their photocropping out agorithm,was racist. It would always crop the white people, leave the white peoplein and crop out the black people. Well, they also found out it'sa just ablest and Islamophobic. So twitter will crop you out of you havewhite hair or gray hair, if you have a head scarf and if you'relow. I kind of get the low...

...one. You if it's cropping facesin, the majority of the faces are in the center. I can seewhy I would crop there. But it's saying that it's ablest because that willexclude somebody sitting in a wheelchair. So that's the only one I have aquestion about. The other ones are weird right, like head scarf. Huh? Yeah, it'll leave you out if you got a head scarf on orgray hair. So why was the mentioning twitter? Well, not because Igot kicked off because of the algorithms. I was one of the chapters inyou've all Harari's book twenty one ideas for the twenty first century. He dedicatedone whole chapter to the algorithms. And the creepy thing is not to methat robots are going to rule the world or anything like that. It's thatyou get pigeonholed into the wrong thing in life. Did you ever see theB movie was Seinfeldt? I love that...

...movie, but it also shows thatkind of regimented idea that you can be this or you can be that orwhatever, and you stick with it and that's all you get to do.And that's what the Algorithms in social media do right now. They're forming opinionsof you and reinforcing those opinions back into a loop. And so what Haare you warns about? Mostly is that if you don't know what you wantto be in life, if you aren't solid on your plan for the future, and who is really right? A lot of people don't really know whatthey want to do next week, let alone next year. But if youdon't have some concept of what you are and your your what you offer tolife, the algorithms are going to start putting you in wrong categories and oneday you won't be able to get out of it. Your choices will belimited. You won't see the same job offerings, you won't see the samehouse offerings or food options. This sounds...

...like that's crazy talk, but it'salready happening. Imagine self driving cars of the future that refused to let youget off the freeway at a particular exit because your credit score isn't high enough. Imagine ambulance lowering your priority because you haven't paid your healthcare bill. Sonow that everything's connected, the algorithms means something right. They're always working andthey're always trying to find a place for us. We can't just swim aroundin the spectrum anymore. It's the is a binary thing that's trying to makeus either or so to that end, all I'm saying is think about whatyou want to be and contribute to the planet as life goes on, andbe careful and what you choose, because the algorithms are going to reinforce that. And if you haven't chosen, maybe stay away from the algorithms as muchas possible. I know it's hard. If you got ATM card or CellPhone or whatever, that you're already you're...

...already being tracked and cataloged and labeledin quantified. So to the extent that you want some kind of free will, you better start thinking of those choices now so that you can get thealgorithms to work in your favor. I think those people that do decide whatthey want to do with themselves will will benefit greatly because the algorithms will actuallyhelp. They can't. They can't but help if you've already chosen that thingthat you're into. So that's why it comes back to twitter and their algorithmsbeing so racist and ablest and agest. They're already working against us, thealgorithms, that is, not the people that made the algorithms. They didit unwittingly. The thing is, if you train ai with your own personalbiases, the AI is going to have your own personal biases. So ifyou got a bunch of white dudes coding the AI, guess what ductor.So, if you want to read more,...

...just I think it's on. It'sjust fucking Google Twitter Racist Algorithm and go to the new section. Youcan read that article and of course I Highly Recommend Harari's Book Twenty One ideasfor the twenty one century. I hope you have an excellent day. I'lltalk to you tomorrow. And now back to the wall.

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