This presentation explores the ways in which computers now “read” and interpret human behavior much like human beings read texts; the vocabulary used to describe both of these processes is fundamentally the same, because our online lives are much more like our "real" lives than most of us want to admit. From this basis, it goes on to analyze the online privacy debate and why this "privacy” (in the strong sense of that term) is not only impossible but . . . inhuman. It concludes by arguing that our present debate on online privacy has been severely disabled by the failure to recognize these truths and suggests some ways forward.
machine intelligence, human behavior, privacy