“Technology companies must include not just data privacy, but protections of our humanity.”

Tech giants need to self-regulate or risk catastrophe


Tue, Sep 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Quillette, Tanveer Ahmed explains the importance for tech giants to not just protect users' data and but to stop exploiting our lizard brain to sell us stuff. Unfortunately, there is no money to be made when eyeballs don't look at your ads.

That erosion of trust stems from growing mental health effects linked to technology use, the scandals related to intrusions into personal data and the deleterious effects upon democracy from fragmentation into tribal bubbles.

The history of consumerism can be seen be as the growing sophistication to tie our primitive instincts to consumption behaviours. The father of public relations was a man called Edward Bernays, a nephew of Sigmund Freud. The advertising industry that emanated from that has been adept at exploiting our deepest insecurities around status, feeling loved or base fears. [...]



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