What Could Possibly Go Awry Here?


This is software to save lives. Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, and when necessary send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to flag worrisome posts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports, Facebook can decrease how long it takes to send help.

Yeah, sure. I have a bridge to sell you that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, if you’re interested. Think of the toll revenues that you might get!

Seriously, my first take is this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_abuse_of_psychiatry_in_the_Soviet_Union . I mean, it’s not as though Facebook hasn’t already shown their political bias beyond any shadow of a doubt.

How long (expressed in nanoseconds) before some guy who wants to show off his AR build gets snagged by this? Any takers? I didn’t think so.

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