When defining ‘natural’, or better yet, ‘organic’ computing systems to help control and stabilise complex and exponentially-expansive data sets or systems, one must consider the method of how the system is used in its entirety as the initial function to counter or contain.
Who uses computing systems? That’s right, We do! For work, for leisure and for social interaction; humans are now more interconnected than ever before. Homo Integrens as David Sukuzi puts it. So why not incorporate human interaction based known-responses and basic psychological principles into the code running any website, database, or digital file?
Whether it be Adwords, Facebook or WordPress, the initiation of psychologically-aware tracking programs have helped shape and ‘customise’ each individuals web experience. It bases its best guess on your previously searched content and metadata collected.
Whatever you type into this massive database we know as the internet, there is now a custom response for you; tailored to suit your interests.
The foreseeable issue that evades most is the obvious legal questions around influence and suggestion. It is a legal question of influencing, aiding and abetting if you will, those who maybe psychologically weakened; already in a state of depression, sadness and loneliness. A state, or mindset, that every person on this earth deals with.
If these firms are able to control the content that you see, this would also mean that convicted criminals are being ‘matched’ with their preferential viewing content online. This also implies that pedophiles are being shown images of their ‘matched’ content.
As you can see the legal argument is also a moral and ethical one. It is one that needs to be addressed before precedence allows referring to the incredible claim that it was the ‘internet search engine that made me do it’…
By Bryan Stralow — Editor-in-Chief, OrganicLifestyle.blog