The United States of America is reeling under the problem of Russian interference in their post-election scenario. They are indeed in the eye of a storm, but is it just the USA? I come from India and it’s been more than 3 years for the Modi Government. He was well acclaimed, popular and won his election with a resounding majority. He had a great team, for marketing, PR, and all the required organizations to back him, the people support, and also using the ire of the media for his own benefit and then play victim about it. Having said all this, he is also known for his oratory skills and his public appearance, and soon he will travel to the USA to meet Predisent Tump, once again. However, take a look at his twitter account. He is one of the highest followed public figures but… Are Modi’s Twitter Followers mostly Bots?

So its clear that chatbots, twitter bots, and so many other such bots have taken control of the Internet.  But is the problem that they have crept all over the Internet or have they taken control of us, of our personalities, our thoughts, and our communication? The problem of fake news is not the fake news itself, but how we consume it.  It has the potential to get within our identity and then it doesn’t matter if the news was actually fake or not.

“The steady march toward a world where machines taught by humans make our lives easier, smoother, and more delightful has gone largely unquestioned.”

The above quote from the author’s post of Algorithmic Democracy is dangerous and even true. They “serve to create noise and amplify misinformation” and clearly it’s not just Twitter. It’s Facebook – that’s also caught right in the middle of the US Election investigation. Everything is getting into AI. Ask the CEO of Google.

The future of Google is in AI.

Does AI influence the way we can measure ourselves, and get under our skin indirectly or can it also affect us directly? To quote Dr. David Caroll from The New School from the recently concluded NYC Media Lab, even Hilary Clinton affected her own campaign to a critical blow because the AI predictions went terribly wrong.

So then, just like climate change, is it time we all need to regroup to discuss the threat and prevention of fake news, AI going wrong and ‘invisible destruction’ that it is causing at a very slow rate without us even realizing it. Do we have to book companies who don’t against irresponsible social media algorithms? Do we need to talk about this in our primary education at an early stage? Do we need to set up regulations at the UN?

Questions to reflect on:

  1. “First, we need to include more AI experts in government; politicians and policymakers don’t understand AI enough to make decisions about it. Second, we must make it easier (and legal) for researchers to study proprietary AI, which might be protected by copyright or other laws. Third, we need to better fund research about how AI impacts society.” Can you suggest another very specific way to tackle AI misuse and the fake news problem?
  2. Reflecting on the way children are consumed by social media today, can you coin another term for this silent conquest of personality, similar to ‘Algorithmic Democracy’?
  3. How do you imagine your perspective of your children vs the media they are born into? Example: Would you stand guard and shun them from the complex technologies of their age until they reach an age of guidance or until there is regulation, or would you allow them to blend into their modern world?