Friday, May 24, 2013


The Google guys watch over us, like loving parents, helping us, anticipating our needs with algorithms.

I figured algorithms were complicated math  but my dictionary says
"Procedure for solving a mathematical problem (as of finding the  greatest common divisor) in a finite number of steps that frequently  involves repetition of an operation;  broadly: a step-by-step  procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a  computer."

For instance, if you're struggling with your weight, you can try self-tracking devices that record your calories in and calories out. Or if you're plagued by crime, predictive policing can prevent crime before it happens. For any topic that concerns you, Silicon Valley claims there are technological (algorithmic) solutions.

"Want to be fitter, happier, more productive?"  -- technology critic Evgeny Morozov points out HOW,  in his new book, "To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism,"  It's a book that explains how tech giants like Google and Facebook will help you.

Why does this make me very uncomfortable? Because already, too much of my life, my time, my energy, is involved with technology, not my own feelings or instincts.

Algorithms are a prison,
Bunch of blocks in a box
That locks out what's free,
Confines me and thee
And keeps us from fun
In the sun. 

Yep--Google-Yahoo-Bing info
Cram-jams us head-to-toe!

Where do we go
To know what we already know?
The auspicious wise guys
In this video -- oh woe!
They're not telling lies
But holy cow, wow!
I'm JUDICIOUSLY suspicious. 

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