Quoted from RonSS:
No doubt. Which is which as you see it?
I did read your Watson post earlier.
We are a ways away from computers being able to learn organically like a human. They are limited by the parameters that they are programmed to adhere. That is not to say that bad actors could not program algorithms and ML routines to do things untowards.
The most insidious thing that people should be concerned about is not whether we are going to have a Skynet type event, but how people can exploit data with current technologies now. Everybody is up in arms about the whole Cambridge Analytica thing for the wrong reasons. Not getting political, but most people that are pissed are pissed because it may have contributed to Trump getting elected. Guess what: Facebook worked exactly as it was designed. It collected the data and categorized it in a way that a 3rd party researcher could do some analytics. CA got a hold of that guys data and did the things that people are upset about. There is plenty of blame to go around but people need to stop being naive and think that Facebook and all of these social media platforms are for linking people together. They are not. They are for harvesting data, and people are giving it willingly. Remember, if you do not pay for a product, YOU ARE THE PRODUCT. Social Media is just the continuation of what started with Radio and TV, with the difference being that it is faster and has a built in feedback loop.
I am not trying to get on the soap box and I assure you, I do not wear tinfoil hats. However, for the past ten years I have sold analytics solutions to a certain clientele as part of some of the biggest players in this space (IBM being one) and have sold the services of some of the very best data scientists that exists. You would be shocked and what these folks can do with a few data points. For example, with an average of 7 data postings on FB people can tell your race, sex, creed, political and sexual orientation, education level, and income. People put more that that info out there, so imagine what they can really do with the data available.
Whatever you do, please do not do stupid things like post vacation statuses while you are on vacation, post pictures to social media with geo-tagging, and use social media platforms to authenticate and share data with other platforms. This is just giving way too much sensitive info out to folks. I met with an organization that hires a bunch of young folks to do telemarketing for my sales campaigns and walked them through a young telemarketer's account on FB to show the art of the possible. To her FB feed, she had her daily runkeeper tracks loaded, her Air BnB reservations, Four Square checkins, etc with pictures of geotagging as well as her vacation plans. She got freaked out and started crying when I explained how somebody would know her routines, where she is and who she is with, etc at all times and how problematic it could be. This was all in about 2 minutes without analytics. Imagine what could happen if you turned the machine algorithms loose on folks like this.