That surplus data is then fed into machine intelligence which turns the data into "prediction products" that "anticipate what you will do now, soon and later".According to Professor Zuboff, social media companies trade those "prediction products" in a new kind of marketplace for behavioural predictions which she calls "behavioural futures markets".
As this summer of pandemic and racial justice protests draws to a close, Naomi Klein hosted a landmark conversation between Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” and Simone Browne, author of “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.” The three authors discussed how both governments and tech giants are using our moment of overlapping crises to push through discredited surveillance technologies that threaten privacy, democracy, and any hope of equality.
Instead of labor, surveillance capitalism feeds on every aspect of human experience,” writes Dr. Zuboff, the Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School as well as Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
We buy DNA tests from 23AndMe that could one day end up in a police database, we buy Amazon Echo and smartphone technology used to target us with ads, and, increasingly, we are buying Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras that are being used to watch ourselves and our neighbors, create a warrantless police surveillance apparatus, and serve as an attack surface that can allow hackers to enter our homes.
Part of the data we generate for the surveillance capitalist firms is a product of our necessary, work-related use of digital technologies, or our efforts to keep in touch with others.Surveillance capitalism, less overtly intrusive, makes our online activities a source of data that private firms harvest for their profit.
Shortly after the clamor abated around FaceApp, the Russian AI-powered app churning out disturbingly realistic photos of users as their older selves, a new controversial fad hit mobile stores in the form of the Chinese deep-fake app ZAO.
In the first section of her sprawling book, Zuboff traces the birth of surveillance capitalism to the moment in 2003 when Google filed a patent titled “Generating User Information for Use in Targeted Advertising.” In Google’s early days, she explains, the company linked advertising only to search queries.
George Orwell repeatedly delayed crucial medical care to complete 1984, the book still synonymous with our worst fears of a totalitarian future — published 70 years ago this month. For 19 years, private companies practicing an unprecedented economic logic that I call surveillance capitalism have hijacked the Internet and its digital technologies.
Zuboff points out in her brilliant book that all pervasive, stealthy and omnipresent surveillance capitalism has exploited human experience to collect free raw material for translation into behavorial data.
I wanted to get your comment on this latest news headline: “A New York regulator is ramping up a promised investigation of how Facebook gathered sensitive personal information from popular smartphone applications, after a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed many such apps were sending the social-media giant data including users’ body weight and menstrual cycles.” SHOSHANA ZUBOFF: All right, well, so we’re living in a time right now where every week there are a series of mini-scandals.
Livestream begins Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET Join Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein and Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” for an engaging discussion about the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism” and the quest by corporations to predict and control our behavior.
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Zuboff, who published her first book in 1989 on the future of technology and data in the workplace, warns in Surveillance Capitalism of a “seventh extinction” that threatens to eradicate “what has been held most precious in human nature.” Given the fragility of the global political and economic order, surveillance capitalism amounts to a “coup from above,” Zuboff argues, an assault on democracy by way of subverting the very idea of what it means to be an individual.
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. Individual users might do well to curtail their use of social media and focus instead on real-world relationships.” Indeed, Facebook has avidly sought to master social-comparison dynamics to manipulate human behavior.
To properly address the problems of manipulation, disinformation, and violent extremism fermenting on online platforms, future regulation must properly acknowledge the role of surveillance capitalism – not just through targeting tools but in the algorithmic construction of online spaces.
The idea that digital surveillance is inevitable – that’s just invalid, and we can’t let them get away with it.” Advertisement Zuboff’s central argument is that technology corporations, building on the data extraction and predictive power originally demonstrated by Google, have found a way to turn human behaviour into raw material that can be used to make predictions about future behaviour.
We saw the experimental development of this new “means of behavioural modification” in Facebook’s contagion experiments and the Google-incubated augmented reality game Pokémon Go. Democracy has slept, while surveillance capitalists amassed unprecedented concentrations of knowledge and power It is no longer enough to automate information flows about us; the goal now is to automate us.
It all started with targeted advertising, and with the new economic arrangement that Harvard Business School scholar Shoshana Zuboff calls "surveillance capitalism." Just like 20th century firms like General Motors and Ford invented mass production and managerial capitalism, Google and Facebook figured out how to commodify "reality" itself by tracking what people (and not just their users) do online (and increasingly offline too), making predictions about what they might do in the future, devising ways to influence behavior from shopping to voting, and selling that power to whoever is willing to pay.