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Michael Sayman: “Facebook and Google are cloning our brains”

Michael Sayman: "Facebook and Google are cloning our brains"

How much do they know about us? social networks? Is it true that they record our conversations? There are many doubts about the operation of these digital platforms and for the software engineer, Martin Sayman, the real danger lies elsewhere: the “cloning” of our brains.

Michael Sayman is American, but of Peruvian-Bolivian descent. At 25 years old, he worked for Facebook, Google and Roblox, the most important companies in digital technology. He knows closely the operation of companies that use artificial intelligence and was in our country.

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“The question they always ask me is that if Facebook is recording everything that we are talking about right now, is it uploading it to the cloud or to its servers and do they have all that or not? The answer is more practical: how much information and Internet data do you have to spend so that your phone is constantly recording every word you say? That doesn’t work. It would be too expensive.”he said in an interview with the NDG program, when answering the question of the blocker Phillip Chu Joy about whether there is monitoring of people such as recordings.

He ruled out that method because the Internet itself would be saturated with audio. However, he assured that there is something that makes him more afraid of being heard: artificial intelligence, which measures each action that is done on the cell phone, on each web page or application to know what we want.

“They take all that and the intelligence tries to learn what things you like and what you don’t… It’s a virtual clone of you. They are creating a brain more or less the same as yours and trying to see people who are similar to you. What happens is that they try to predict (predict) what you are going to do next based on all the information they have”he indicated.

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This would be the reason why many believe that they are being recorded, either because of the use they give to their cell phone or because of the conversations, since the Google Assistant can also record the voice for recognition. He considered that all of this is a little more scary because “It’s like they’re creating a copy of your brain, and that brain then thinks ahead, and then you think the same as the brain they created.”

Although he ruled out monitoring through recordings, he did consider that “The worst thing about them listening to us is that they know everything we are going to think before we think about it”. This is how advertisements appear later, according to our preferences, or other daily activities.

In this sense, he also spoke about the operation of artificial intelligence in other social networks such as Instagram and Tik Tok, when photos or videos are viewed, and it takes seconds longer to see one image than another.

“Instagram, although it is a good product in several things, the bad thing is that it had a lot of pressure to be the same as those who follow you or to make a post so that your followers put their like. One is always thinking about what our followers are going to like”, he indicated. The problem was the anxiety that it generated, the stress on the part of the content creators, unlike Tik Tok, which simplified the operation with global influencers where the only thing that matters is the views with videos, which one has to be more and more entertaining than the other.

This is how the debate on artificial intelligence is still open. Meanwhile, social networks continue to be part of our lives.

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