Being paid to quit Facebook

Research claims Facebook users are prepared to give up the social network for a year… if paid over $1000.

Source: Being paid to quit Facebook

Interesting bit of research here, and an amount that I thought would have been much higher. It is no secret that Facebook has had its series of black eyes recently (as the article points out), but despite that so many people are physically addicted to the Social Media site. I will skip the biological dependency discussion here, and just direct attention to this in depth discussion of one author’s story of quitting here. Sort of makes you wish someone would offer you money to give up Facebook.

The Data Big Tech Companies Have On You (Or, At Least, What They Admit To)

Have you ever asked yourself, “What does Google know about me?” The answer is uncomfortable. What Google knows about you includes everything from your clicks on ads to your birthday to the device … Read more

Source: The Data Big Tech Companies Have On You (Or, At Least, What They Admit To)

Ads for clothing on your wall while scrolling through your social media, or recommendations for laptop retailers in your Gmail after looking at a computer manufacturer are nothing new. Big companies take your information and sell it out to other companies to make money and have been for many years. With the breaches in some major companies last year I started to review just exactly how much data some companies were actually gathering, this chart from Security Baron puts a bit of surprising light on the subject.

Don’t Give Give the Kill Bot the Life Begging Routines

I started this post right about the time this story dropped, but somehow it never made it to being posted. As the end of the year is rapidly approaching I thought I’d post it now to look back on some ridiculousness of the year.

I saw an article the other day discussing an experiment about where participants worked with a robot to perform a list of tasks. Now working with the robot is not so odd, but the twist is that after the tasks were done the participants were asked to turn off the robot. The robot began to ask or beg not to be turned off, and a significant number of the participants would not turn the robot off.

Source: New study finds it’s harder to turn off a robot when it’s begging for its life – The Verge

What if there was a robot that was meant to kill instead of solve puzzles, say a “kill bot”. Now what if that code to “beg for its life” was added to the kill bot and it started a fight with a human. The human could get the advantage on the kill bot and while the human were ready to deliver the ending blow the kill bot begs for its life. If the results of this study were to scale then most humans would feel sympathy and not deliver the blow giving the bot the chance to turn the tables and kill the human instead.

The experiment reminds me a lot of the Milgram experiments in the 1960’s. Sure, this example is a stretch, but what if?