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Woke and Broke Google

From our Swindon correspondent:

Milton Friedman might have had something to say about this

We set out to better understand the effect filtered selfies might have on people’s wellbeing—especially when filters are on by default. We conducted multiple studies and spoke with child and mental health experts from around the world, and found that when you’re not aware that a camera or photo app has applied a filter, the photos can negatively impact mental wellbeing. These default filters can quietly set a beauty standard that some people compare themselves against.
This is just folly. This is the game women have been playing against each other since recorded history. We have evidence of women wearing makeup and having anti-wrinkle creams in ancient Egypt, China, the Middle East. Roman women had make up. Lightening skin to look more aristocratic until it became a luxury to fly off to Europe, when sunbeds and fake tans came in.

Women click the “beauty” button and some AI does various things to the photo and out go the wrinkles, maybe some blotches disappear. And if you don’t do it, some other woman will and maybe she’ll get the guy clicking on her for a date instead of you.

So the effect of this is that Google is making their experience worse for their users, mostly to please some “mental health experts” (actually, pseudoscientists with studies that generally can’t be replicated).

Which brings us back to Uncle Milty. Because what he said is that the sole purpose of a business is to be the agent of the shareholders. Not social responsibility, not political parties and pressure groups, but shareholders. Sadly, Google seems to be losing this. They started as an organisation based on a search algorithm that tried to gather what people ranked highly. They didn’t ask experts, they let the algorithm decide what people liked.

“Go Woke, go broke” is because 90+% of people aren’t woke, and if you’re pleasing the woke, you’re displeasing everyone else.
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Spike
Spike
5 months ago

Swindon’s final sentence also exactly explains the astonishing viewership malaise throughout American major-league sports.

TD
TD
5 months ago

I had to look up filtered selfies as I hadn’t a clue what this was about. Then, I’ve always put a bit of a strain on a camera lens. Perhaps I should start using them.

Boganboy
Boganboy
5 months ago
Reply to  TD

Didn’t have a clue either. But I’ve always thought it’d be cruel and unusual punishment to the viewer to inflict a selfie on them anyway.

HowardP
HowardP
5 months ago

I was one of the first users of Google – a crazed PhD software engineer pointed me to their beta version when Alta Vista was all I knew. The thing I vividly recall was in the “Join us” section, where they were wanting a cook. The offer was NO SALARY – but paid in stock options. In those days Google knew on which side their bread was buttered.

Snarkus
Snarkus
5 months ago

you mean most people dont know most images of humans, especially females on internet are probably falsified in some way ? Especially dating or hookup sites where both genders images are all fake ? Seriously, the Marching Morons has come to pass ?

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