It’s nearly impossible to know how much data is being collected. The obvious answer is to assume everything you do is being tracked somewhere. Online, you bet. In an internet-connected vehicle? Clearly. In a public space that has any surveillance? Probably.
Now, I’m not going to even argue that remote work is better and helps people be more productive and innovative because you already know where I stand on that issue. Let me just throw this out there instead. When your workforce is remote you widen the pool of people who can work for you and want to work for you. That wider candidate pool invites more talented people to come work for you and talented people will find their own ways to be productive and innovative.
Reading this BBC article, it appears that we saw some of the holiday layoffs earlier in December because leaders feel like the vibes are there for a recession next year, even though the underlying economic data don’t point in that direction. This year, at least, rocky economic headwinds may play a role, says Nicholas Bloom, an…
Imagine, if you will, your smart TV or home assistant listening in on conversations you’ve been having about layoffs in your industry, and that data is shared with a financial institution that then decides that you’re not a good credit risk. The AI took that conversation and combined it with a ton of financial information from other people who work in your industry and made that call. Is it accurate? Probably not, but when you start grabbing data from all over the place and building these huge algorithmic models, things can get a little messy. You become less of an individual and more of a conglomeration of all the people who do things like you, and when you add in a little spying, that can lead to all sorts of disastrous consequences.
Do we want governments and corporations to have that much power? No, but as Bruce rightly points out, we haven’t done much of anything to stop them from taking it so far.