By Leo Goldstein,
A bold hypothesis is offered to explain this phenomenon and to remind of the urgency of reigning in the Internet Gatekeepers.
Most information we receive about the real world is through electronic media, especially the internet. Internet information processing is increasingly influenced by artificial intelligence. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft are open and boastful about their use of AI. Humans are involved in this processing but frequently play secondary roles, like classifying and tagging news stories for machine processing, as in the case of Facebook. These are hybrid computer-human AIs. Wikipedia is written mostly by humans, but decision-making employs machine oriented procedures (MOPs) – procedures that are more suitable for computers than humans. In other words, these procedures are algorithms removing human touch, even when performed by humans. In this sense, Wikipedia might be said to be a hybrid human-AI system as well. The same is true for Reddit. There is a large number of other services and websites that use AI, and the rest of the Web and everybody using the web are affected by them. But this is only the beginning. These hybrid AIs interact in ways that have not been anticipated by their creators and might be not appreciated even now. Together, they form a single hybrid AI entity, which will be referenced here as the San Francisco AI. Only six corporations referenced above are considered as components of the San Francisco AI. To narrow the discussion even further, only Google Search and Microsoft Bing from all the Google and Microsoft services are considered. The name San Francisco AI was selected because 5 out of 6 components of this hybrid AI (except for Bing, the least significant one) are headquartered in or near San Francisco, CA. This paper shows that the San Francisco AI exists and explains how it operates and distorts the public’s perception of reality into an extremely leftward and anti-American(1) direction.
The San Francisco AI should not be confused with the leftist echo chamber. The leftist echo chamber is formed by humans, while the San Francisco AI is formed by computer algorithms with human assistance and corporate support. The San Francisco AI is a significant contributing factor to the escalation of climate alarmism, the turning of MSM into FSM (fakestream media), political polarization, anti-Trump hysteria, and other social ills. The influence of the leftist echo chamber, governments, and other offline factors on the San Francisco AI is large, but is out of the scope of this paper. Offline suppression of conservative views and the hard Left’s empowerment by the Obama administration is out of scope, too.
This paper analyzes the flow (input, output, and internal processing) of politically relevant informational signal to, from, and inside the San Francisco AI, and its influence on other online and offline entities. The San Francisco AI probably started forming in 2011, became what it is today around 2014, and has been constantly changing. Each of the six analyzed components of the San Francisco AI distorts incoming signal, suppressing conservative and centrist segments of the political spectrum, and amplifying the leftist message. Further, information typically makes multiple rounds inside of the San Francisco AI, until some spectral intervals (such as climate alarmism) are eliminated, and some rise to hysterical levels (like “the resistance”). The San Francisco AI also inconspicuously influences other parts of the web, including traditional media online, which influences traditional media offline and pulls them further to the left.
From ordinary citizens to the media and politicians, we came to trust Google, Wikipedia, and the so-called social media. Even more, information that comes from computers is often perceived as more authoritative than what is said or written by individuals. Internet company executives suffer the most damage from the San Francisco AI, with the fakestream media following closely. Together, they seem to have lost touch with reality on many issues, from the existence of the climate debate to the legal consequences (18 U.S. Code § 2385) of advocating for a government overthrow, apparently committed by Chelsea Handler / Netflix just a few days ago.