The author of Homo Deus compared us trading our private data (conversations and likes etc.) for free online services to native americans trading their land for some beads and guns from the settlers. It's not about privacy, it's about control.
The author said Facebook has done studies that it can predict your responses better than you or your friends with only data from 10 likes. I didn't look it up, maybe the exact number is a bit off, but it doesn't matter, these services have thousands or millions of data points on us, they will definitely know us better than we know ourselves.
Lexus has even started getting computers to write their ads.
So, I think rather than debating about privacy we'd should be debating who made a worse deal, land for beads or data for photo sharing capabilities, which not only give them unprecedented powers of persuasion but are also leading to a lot of other problems like screen addiction and depression and isolation.
Whatever you do, please don't buy those smart speakers that are always listening.
I can't believe I've had this blog for two years?
My site analytics say I'm getting almost 200 people a week, but not one comment on anything makes me wonder. I think it's just 2 people :)
So as I said last month, I'm going to be moving a lot of this to Church of Life Hacking. I don't know if this is me just hearing what I want to hear, but these three TED Talks I heard today, seem to reinforce the need for something like The Church of Life Hacking, a platform for solutions and their implementation. The same goal as this site, but with more of a community in mind.
#1 - Everyday citizens need to claim their power on the internet.
I see this as what the Church is doing, letting people find ways to claim their power by finding solutions, by finding ways to vote with their time and money to shape the companies we all use the way we want them to be.
#2 - How isolation fuels opioid addiction
The Church aspect is providing a community for people with no church, a community where people from all religions can come, and come to help each other, which she says is the best way to make a connection, the best way to counter addiction.
#3 - How will we survive when the world hits 10 billion?
He says there are two camps wizards and prophets, those that think technology will save us, and those that think we need to change our ways, survive by conserving. The Church is all about bridging this gap. Showing people how to get more with less, no compromising, but use tech to create more efficient processes, but at the same time be self reflective and not waste time and energy on things that don't add value to your life.
So, if I do have 200 people reading this, tell your friends, we're starting a Church! A Church of Life Hacking, the goal is to help each other live the lives we want, achieve the goals we've been trying and failing at for years, and to take the stress out of being happy.
And if you want to start a congregation, you can sign up on my patreon site. I don't want 10% of your paycheck or anything. I want to show you how to save hundreds of dollars a year. I want to be providing at least double the value any of my donors contribute.