As the articles explained, algorithms are now able to modify the data that are presented to us on the internet in order to match our area of interests. A recent experiment between two Facebook bots showed that machines can develop their own languages, and become autonomous from humans in some aspects.

In 2014, an other Facebook experiment consisted in manipulating the news feeds of over half a million randomly selected users to change the number of positive and negative posts they saw. It was part of a psychological study to examine how emotions can be spread on social media. This experiment had to stop as it caused an outcry in the US. Yet we recognize the importance of such tests. Indeed, what do we know today about changes (threats/opportunities) in human behaviors following manipulation of data (Facebook news feeds, Youtube related videos) on the internet?






Interesting question, to link with “the power of data” part of the session, with its 2 aspects (how far can we go, and when should we stop), and other questions : “can we be governed by a machine, or by the man who governs the machine or the algorithms influencing data, newsfeeds, and what the users of social platforms like facebook can see everyday. To read : The front article of The Figaro, dealing with Mark Zuckerberg, “Can he be the next president ?”

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