SOCIAL MEDIA INSIGHTS FROM ANCIENT PHILOSOPHERS

How would Socrates have used social media if it existed then? Maybe Socrates did, but instead of a virtual social space he took advantage of the town square, and instead of going viral and becoming an influencer, he acquired a reputation through visitors that he would converse with, and fame.

Ancient Greece faced the same challenges of sophists (people that claimed to be philosophers but shared misleading ideas in search of public fame and recognition), as we see in social media today with scammers and irreputable sources.

Socrates’ student Plato believed there should be regulation to allow only “true” philosophers to share their ideas. Social media today does not necessarily reward content that benefits humanity, possibly leading to the criticisms we see of these virtual platforms. However, we must decide whether an influencer has “good or bad” intentions individually, rather than public dismissal that took place in Ancient Greece.

Our modern “town square” is broader and more diverse, connecting people from all sides of the world to share their thoughts. Perhaps the same criteria used by philosophers in the past to distinguish true valuable information, can be used today to fine tune our feeds and our own content that we share.

This spread includes excerpts from an article for BBC Future by Nathan Dufour. To read the full text please visit: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210922-would-plato-tweet-the-ancient-greek-guide-to-social-media.

AI vs. HUMAN RIGHTS

Is new technology always good? Does AI facial recognition really violate human rights?

A ban has been proposed to halt the use of facial recognition technology due to the possible violation of human rights. As of right now, this technology has been described as imperfect and biased towards certain genders and ethnicities. This solution is likely a result of the widespread use of real-time facial scanning and surveillance used in China to monitor and possibly convict citizens.

The use of underdeveloped facial recognition AI worldwide for purposes of police surveillance could lead to faulty convictions and accusations. However, a ban on this popular high-end technology would interrupt sales and funding for the companies creating these solutions, and interrupt future development and possibility for improving this technology to be more accurate. Or perhaps, the ban will motivate companies to create better facial recognition AI. As of right now, companies leading the AI market such as Microsoft have chosen to support this ban.

The featured article of this spread is from The Independent. If you would like to read more, the full article can be found here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/artificial-intelligence-united-nations-face-scan-social-score-b1921311.html