Facebook Announces It Will Use A.I. To Scan Your Thoughts "To Enhance User Safety"

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A mere few years ago the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) might be used to analyze and report to law enforcement aberrant human behavior on social media and other online platforms was merely the far out premise of dystopian movies such as Minority Report, but now Facebook proudly brags that it will use AI to "save lives" based on behavior and thought pattern recognition. 

What could go wrong?

The latest puff piece in Tech Crunch profiling the apparently innocuous sounding "roll out" of AI (as if a mere modest software update) "to detect suicidal posts before they're reported" opens with the glowingly optimistic line, "This is software to save lives" - so who could possibly doubt such a wonderful and benign initiative which involves AI evaluating people's mental health? Tech Crunch's Josh Cronstine begins:

This is software to save lives. Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long hinted that his team has been wrestling with ways to prevent what appears to be a disturbingly increased trend of live streamed suicides as well as the much larger social problem of online bullying and harassment. One recent example which gained international media attention was a bizarre incident out of Turkey, where a distraught father shot himself on Facebook Live after announcing that his daughter was getting married without his permission. Though the example actually demonstrates the endlessly complex and unforeseen variables involved in human decision making and the human psyche - in this case notions of rigid Middle East cultural taboos and stigma clearly played a part - Tech Crunch holds it up as something which AI could possibly prevent.

Earlier this year Zuckerberg wrote in a public post that “There have been terribly tragic events - like suicides, some live streamed - that perhaps could have been prevented if someone had realized what was happening and reported them sooner... Artificial intelligence can help provide a better approach.” And in a post yesterday announcing the new AI suicide prevention tool integration, he wrote that “In the future, AI will be able to understand more of the subtle nuances of language, and will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well, including quickly spotting more kinds of bullying and hate.”

Naturally, we must ask: what does Mark mean by the eerily ambiguous reference to "we will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well.."?

With the debate already long raging about how "bullying and hate" gets interpreted and labelled, and with multiple high profile instances of such accusations being used to censor and limit constitutionally protected speech, Zuckerberg now "reassures" us that we can place such sensitive and highly interpretive questions in the hands of machines. Tech Crunch awkwardly tries to preempt such obvious (and horrifying) concerns while ultimately concluding "we have little choice" but to embrace it and "hope Facebook doesn't go too far":

The idea of Facebook proactively scanning the content of people’s posts could trigger some dystopian fears about how else the technology could be applied. Facebook didn’t have answers about how it would avoid scanning for political dissent or petty crime, with Rosen merely saying “we have an opportunity to help here so we’re going to invest in that.” There are certainly massive beneficial aspects about the technology, but it’s another space where we have little choice but to hope Facebook doesn’t go too far.

Unembarrassed by such an assertion, author Josh Cronstine further includes the following update: "Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos responded to these concerns with a heartening tweet signaling that Facebook does take seriously responsible use of AI." And Cronstine follows with some not very "heartening" news - though his agenda is clearly to shove Facebook's social vision of a future benign AI monitoring technology which regulates and enforces social "norms" down the public's collective throat. It what itself sounds like a dystopian phrase worthy of Skynet, we are further told "you will not opt out!"

Unfortunately, after TechCrunch asked if there was a way for users to opt out, of having their posts a Facebook spokesperson responded that users cannot opt out. They noted that the feature is designed to enhance user safety, and that support resources offered by Facebook can be quickly dismissed if a user doesn’t want to see them.

And if this is not enough to turn the public's stomach, the glowing review ends by again reasserting Facebook's "responsibility" to implement its AI tools, as "Creating a ubiquitous global communication utility comes with responsibilities beyond those of most tech companies, which Facebook seems to be coming to terms with." Essentially, the familiar argument goes, the public should just "trust us" as this is for our "safety" and we are benign and humanitarian, says Facebook. 

Ironically as Facebook continues to tout its claims of protecting democracy by taking steps to "ensure the integrity of elections" as Zuckerberg has frequently stated, it will now actively and openly pursue an AI regulated future which, as Elon Musk has personally warned Zuckerberg, will likely be the very source of tyranny and ultimate destruction of future humanity.    

As Plato predicted nearly 2500 years ago, “We should expect tyranny to result from democracy, the most savage subjection from an excess of liberty" (Republic, Book VIII, 564 a).

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Shitonya Serfs's picture

Let's have it scan (and publish) Zuck's thoughts first.

Or maybe just shut this whole Spy-NET down??

JRobby's picture

Marky, will it work if you are psycotic? 38 personalities?

Because that is the end result of using your "product" excessively.

Jim in MN's picture

If we all think reeeeaaallll hard, would FB self-destruct as it realizes what a horrible threat to peace and freedom it could become?

Cuz that's some AI I could get behind.

jcaz's picture

What a fucking tard- he's the dude on that new E-Trade commercial on the yacht.....

shitshitshit's picture

Is anyone still using this thing besides bots?

and BTW, how does AI works to detect criminal thoughts in bots?

nuubee's picture

Silly human Bots are exempt from thoughtcrime.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

ZUCK for Prez 2020 !!

 

/s

mtl4's picture

Who the heck is using FB these days anyway except grandparents?

HillaryOdor's picture

People who are concerned about their privacy certainly don't use it, not much at least.

YUNOSELL's picture

Not Zuckerberg for President 2020 --

Zuckerberg for God 2020!!!

(he can play it better)

BLOTTO's picture

You dont need to scan my thoughts.
.
Its fuck you - straight up.

CuttingEdge's picture

All that abject morally bereft cuntishness in one person, which no amount of wealth can ever eradicate?

Zuckerberg is a miracle of science.

Gead's picture

No - Zuckerberg for a grave 2018. Best solution is always the simplest. Cut off the head of the snake.

lil dirtball's picture

In fairy tale after fairy tale, the reader can see the villain set the protagonist up to be a victim. Generally, one knows how the story goes before one reads the first paragraph. Villains, like the big, bad wolf, are clever and sneaky. Protagonists are likable enough, but are generally clueless to the evil machinations of the antagonist. Usually, the good guy wins ... but not always. Certainly, not in real life. And most certainly, not in this one.

This Farcebook fairy tale is no different. This (((asshole))) is conning billions of clueless and apathetic people worldwide and most won't understand the evil until it's too late and they become victims of his schemes - whether they end violently or otherwise.

Even here on the venerable ZH, the ZH0mbies think bad shit will only happen to other people. They're smarter than the average Three Little Bears and use Farcebook anyhow, despite all the warnings. It's easy, because they have easy excuses. They only check this or that. They only do it because so-and-so is on there .... it's like the Blind Mice leading the Blind Mice.

We should all pray that this particular asswipe dies peacefully and quietly in his sleep before he does any real, lasting damage to our species.

BennyBoy's picture

 

I, for one, need all my thoughts scanned by Mr. Zuckerberg.

Like this one: Fuck the Zuck!

Citxmech's picture

So, is FB going to call the fn SWAT team on you if it decides you're suicidal? 

What could possibly go wrong?

yaright's picture

Many many Sheep use it.  Several employees ranging from 26 to 46 use it every day several times a day.

 

As for me? Never had it and never will

Raffie's picture

Make Suckerburg take this drug(Scopolamine), then ask him anything we want to get the honest answer 1st, then will consider what he proposes. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToQ8PWYnu04

Winston Churchill's picture

Water boarding would be be more amusing,with the odd burning splint under his

fingernails,just prior to extraction.

nuubee's picture

How long before Zuck the Cuck convinces someone in congress he can give them a "thought crime" prediction algorithm?

scrappy's picture

Pre-Crime Scam. Techno - Tyranny.

lasvegaspersona's picture

WONDERFUL...now every suicided family can sure Mark for failure to prevent!!!

mccvilb's picture

How about billionaires who only wear 400 dollar plain tee shirts. Do they qualify for cloud driven algorythmic psychoanalysis, and is there more than one?

Number 9's picture

God i hate that prick..

somebody fry that guy

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Maybe if everyone quit using Facebook there would be fewer suicides? Most of the crap people share on it is either moronic or depressing.

Miffed

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Miffed!  How can you say that?!?!

I just put up some rather fetching pictures at FB of some new bearings we now sell there in Peru!

Sheesh!

(smile)

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Not bad but I've really been waiting for you to post pics of the Brazilians.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

You wish!  Smile.  But, Brazil's not my beat.

venturen's picture

Just one more step...to full thought control

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Thought control, auto-driving cars, full internal/external city surveillance, only 1 place to purchase goods, only a handful of places to access the web, full control of voice communications (which track you subversively), controlled digital currency, movies/TV provided to you by 1-2 companies.

They should write a book about this, or something.

StychoKiller's picture

No, more like "Thieve's Emporium"

shitshitshit's picture

1- use a secure browser (brave.com for instance, but there are tons of them around, just look or them) that removes all cookies authentication etc. upon closing it.

2- start using a VPN

3- leave everything google, farcebok, etc. aside

4- use a private and secure email provider that wouldn't rat out their customers.

5- use 2 mobile phones: one stupid non smart one for real comms+voice configured with wifi for the 2nd one to be used over it. On top of that you can put the comm one far away when doing data transfers, which should prevent you from being irradiated.

Then you should start to be ok on the IT side.

 

gatorengineer's picture

any suggestions for number 4?

38BWD22's picture

 

 

protonmail.com (Swiss secure email provider) via TOR and VPN.  But, protonmail apparently only works if you have java(script?) enabled <-- but, hey, I'm NOT an engineer.

Do your own diligence as well.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Add: buy a used laptop for cash at a pawn shop and only surf at places w/ wifi you normally do not go to....

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Yes, we get to live like Thieves Emporium...fun times.

scrappy's picture
      Tails - Privacy for anyone anywhere - USB

Many more privacy resources are to be found on the privacy tool guides below...

P2P Foundation

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Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates for your Website

How to modify your browser's fingerprint so that it is no longer unique - gHacks

OpenNIC Project

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PeerVPN - the open source peer-to-peer VPN

Open Source Computing and Applications

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fulliautomatix's picture

Was it 1995 when we first heard "Your privacy is over. Get used to it." ?

A corollary to that observation is that computer security is a myth, and has been since then. None of this should be a surprise.

mccvilb's picture

I loaded the Brave browser last week and my computer promptly exited stage left and crashed. Thought it was ransomware. I could no longer log in but had limited user access with no admin privileges. All folders and files had disappeared. I now had a 1500 dollar cellphone.

Nope, not ransomware. It was the Bill Gates revenge tour. My Windows 7 log in password had supposedly expired and now I'm prevented from resetting it. Know that all MSFT OS's and software are in the process of being shuttered and moved over to the Windows 10 management cloud. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

StychoKiller's picture

First, are you aware that "Brave" requires a 64-bit OS environment?

Second, there are other choices besides Windoze.

Eyes Opened's picture

"We're from Facebook... & we're here to help"..........

scrappy's picture

Not if you do not consent. P2P puts the power back in your hands.

Breaking away from the Client - Server Model - control whims of FB, Utube, Goog Twit

      Tails - Privacy for anyone anywhere - USB

Many more privacy resources are to be found on the privacy tool guides below...

P2P Foundation

Massive Resource List for P2P Commons - Too many to list.

https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Resources

Article on the potential of decentralized cryocurrencies leading to decentralized apps

https://medium.com/peerism/blockchain-commons-the-end-of-all-corporate-business-models-3178998148ba

https://medium.com/peerism

Privacy and Security

http://anonymous-news.com/how-to-download-the-data-that-google-has-been-collecting-on-you/

Privacy Tools - Encryption Against Global Mass Surveillance

Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore, and Tempora - PRISM Break - PRISM Break

The Ultimate Online Privacy Guide

The ultimate Online Privacy Test Resource List - gHacks Tech News

StopDataMining.me - A directory of Opt-Out links to stop data brokers from selling your personal information.

Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates for your Website

How to modify your browser's fingerprint so that it is no longer unique - gHacks

OpenNIC Project

http://www.opensourcemesh.org/links.html

PeerVPN - the open source peer-to-peer VPN

Open Source Computing and Applications

10 best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffs in 2017 | TechRadar

http://www.ubuntulinuxhelp.com/top-100-of-the-best-useful-opensource-applications/

OSTechNix - Open Source | Technology | Linux and Unix

https://www.ostechnix.com/

DIY - Prepping - Self Sufficiency Free Prepper eBook Downloads

http://ready4itall.org/the-free-preppers-library/

http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/

http://www.offthegridnews.com/

10 affordable food and nutritional items you can stockpile before the big crisis hits

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-07-16-10-affordable-food-and-nutritional-items-you-can-cheaply-store-and-hoard-before-the-big-crisis-hits.html

Datasheet Library

http://datasheet4u.com/

The Raspberry Pi - A Digital DIY Multitool.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/

Natural Disaster Resources

Earthquake Analysis and Prediction

https://www.youtube.com/user/dutchsinse/featured

SpaceWeather -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

http://www.Suspicious0bservers.org http://www.SpaceWeatherNews.comhttp://www.QuakeWatch.nethttp://www.ObservatoryProject.comhttp://www.EarthChanges.orghttp://www.MagneticReversal.org

http://spaceweather.com/

 

quadraspleen's picture

erm..just don't use facebook..

he hasn't thought this through, has he?