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Judge me by my cover: The New Dark Web

Season 4, Ep. 9

All around us, examples of artificial intelligence and algorithms are not hard to find. Our homes and smartphones are equipped with personal assistants such as Alexa and Siri, listening in to our conversations and learning our habits. Our consumption of all things digital, from music to news and merchandise, are increasingly being analyzed and shaped by algorithms. Some schools have even begun experimenting with personalized learning systems.


From warehouses to call centers, such emerging technology is helping us become more efficient. But have we stopped for a moment and wonder, what do we want technology to do for us in the future? What kind of world do we aspire to – as a human race? Are recommendation engines creating unintended siloes, making our society more polarized?  


In this episode of Judge Me By My Cover, Theodora Lau and Bradley Leimer talk about “The New Dark Age”, a book by James Bridle on the dark side of technology. Just as every technology advancement can be used for good or evil, it is up to us to decide what to do with it. As citizens of the world, we must hold leaders and those with immense power accountable for their actions, so that technology and data can be used for good, and for improving the wellbeing of all. Because our future should be one where we are not afraid to share our thoughts, where we are not afraid to dream.


Listen in to hear more from Theo and Brad about using technology for good – to create an equitable society for all.

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