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The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine
[...] "with a mere ten `likes' as input his model could appraise a person's character better than an average coworker. With seventy, it could `know' a subject better than a friend; with 150 likes, better than their parents. With 300 likes, Kosinski's machine could predict a subject's behavior better than their partner. With even more likes it could exceed what a person thinks they know about themselves."

[...] the feedback is instant and the response automated: Did this specific swing voter in Pennsylvania click on the ad attacking Clinton's negligence over her email server? Yes? Serve her more content that emphasizes failures of personal responsibility. No? The automated script will try a different headline, perhaps one that plays on a different personality trait -- say the voter's tendency to be agreeable toward authority figures. Perhaps: "Top Intelligence Officials Agree: Clinton's Emails Jeopardized National Security."

Much of this is done through Facebook dark posts, which are only visible to those being targeted [...]

Dark posts were also used to depress voter turnout among key groups of democratic voters.

by das monde on Mon Feb 20th, 2017 at 05:18:09 AM EST

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