The best thing social media could to to serve the interests of democracy would be to drop the obsession with ‘Artificial Intelligence.’ Ignoring the debates about whether machines can be considered intelligent or not, I’m sure I am not the only person who gets frustrated at the absolute dross the ‘AI’ systems that populate my newsfeeds offer, based on the profile of my reading habits that has been assembled from tracking me online.
I often come to Medium, scroll down the list of suggestions ‘based on your reading history’ and find absolutely nothing I would have even the slightest interest in reading.
Site managers should abandon attempts to control me or understand my tastes and predict where I will go next. Give us chaos, with the means to navigate the wilderness, author listings, category listings, a site search field and let us wander, deciding for ourselves what we might be interested to read.
Today an article about social media caught my eye and one about the work of Prof. James Lovelock, tomorrow it might be quantum physics or ancient history, next week the latest Wikileaks revelations on the shenanigans in Washington DC or an article on organic farming.
My interests are eclectic, AI driven newsfeeds can only offer me more of the same.