Automation: Driven by Business, Changing Human Culture
As the COO of Facebook and Twitter CEO testified last week before the US Congress, one of the salient themes that emerged was the role the companies were taking to protect against cyber aggression on their platforms. What measures are these companies taking to protect its users against software applications (characterized as “bots” by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey) that could be maliciously designed to influence the US society, especially during times of election? Not even before the week’s end, a similar conversation emerged on the other side of the Atlantic. “Bots” were again involved in spreading fake news and manipulating social discussion, this time in the 2018 Swedish general elections. While some news-gripping automation technologies tend to remain in the headlines, tech followers can attest to the frequently appearing, far-reaching, and ever-growing role that automation, AI and other technologies are having on our society; and they’re not all bad either!