Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Readers familiar with my work kjnow how much I hate advertsing. It's the only form of content the sole intent of which is to misrepresent, and to make people buy things they would otherwise not want to buy. And it works; it has convinced people to buy everything from Edsels to pet rocks to Brexit to MAGA. So it is with some unhappiness that I present here Google's plan for AI: to embed advertising into everything online. "AI transforms how businesses meet consumers, as the number of formats and surfaces consumers engage with dramatically increases. Google AI is helping advertisers easily create assets that work across formats." I'm not worried about AI. I am worried about my mind being turned into pablum as a result of incessant advertising.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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