Hey Mr. Roach and Mr. Bennett,
I just found out that the audience will get to ask him questions during his talk, so if you guys have any iLife/Circle (or any non-technological related questions) that you want me to try and ask him, let me know!!!!
WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?!?
- Your "right to know" supersedes my right to privacy. Told us a story about how one of his friends sent him an email saying check out this article and he opened the email but he didn't look at the article bc he was busy. Couple days after he got the email he was with that friend. He asked if he got his email he said he hadn't had the chance to look at it yet so his friend said then why did you open the email? He even mentioned the exact time he opened it! There's this program thru google or something that allows the sender to know whether or not the receiver opened the email!! (kind of like read receipts but way worse)
- No longer need to trust because we can track. He asked us if any of our parents track us bc we're in college and parents want to make sure we're safe. He said that in the past parents would just have to trust their kids. If they wanted to know where you were they had to physically get in their car and find you. But now you can do it from the comfort of your own home. It's not like people haven't done this before. Now it's cheap and easily accessible.
- Did a lot of research for the book. NEVER went to google/fb/twitter offices (he lived right near them in Cali) tho bc he wanted to make sure The Circle was its own and didn't resemble any of these companies. He just imagined what he thought something like The Circle would look like. While writing it he had to make sure that none of the technology he imagined actually existed. He had tech people for this but he actually had to cut a lot of it because the tech was real. He thought he made up PartiRank but when the book came out a friend of his told him how the company he works at has a system that rates them on their participation in social media and etc.
- He said that technology is like the Wild West. The people at the companies don't have the intentions of creating the tech for the wrong reasons they just 1. don't know what the public will do with it and 2. there's no regulations for what people (like stalkers) do with it.
- Talked about Apple and how they are taking a huge turn with Apple Pay. He said he never thought apple would do something like this bc they were always machinery/devices.
- He teaches a high school class and he told us how one of his students was talking about Instagram about how one pic got a lot more likes than another pic so now she only posts pics like the one that got a lot of likes. He says how there's this dopamine rush of getting a lot of likes and until recently we didn't have these approval measurements. This instantly alters behavior bc ppl SEEK CONSTANT APPROVAL. There are nice advantages bc you get a sense of your audience but it's actually terrible bc people are so focused on the EXACT # of how many people like it (this is basically my intro paragraph in my thesis omg). You're assigned a # which is pretty stark. Years ago it was inconceivable that we would put a percentage on pictures and art - i.e that one's only a 61% Monet. Rotten Tomato. Says we are driven by the idea that we can measure everything. If it can't be measured lets try. But once u measure something it becomes dominant. Punitive system driven by data. Learning is hard to measure and hard to explain. U can't measure the improvement of urself w #s. How do u measure a person? Measurement is driving us (teachers, schools) w fear of being beholden to data. Sat scores - u feel constrained. Pitches to get funding - how do u measure how much $ to give. It's tough.
- Microprofit. Every time we go on a website there are tracking devices on it. Mentions dictionary.com. Says there are two hundred something trackers on dictionary.com. Everytime we go to look up a word, 11 of them are government ones, but the rest are random people. These people can track anything you do on ur computer. They track college students. What websites do we use. If one day we become really successful they'll say these are the websites they went on to become this successful - scary!
- 1984 vs Circle- he wanted The Circle to be an inversion of 1984. He did not reread 1984 while writing The Circle; he didn't want to take/borrow anything from 1984. Says he basically locked 1984 away for the whole time. The only things intentionally taken from 1984 are the three slogans. Also in circle, it's everyone voluntarily vs. 1984 the government is physically torturing them (shoutout to iLife)
- Kayaking- going from certainty and data to complete chaotic ambiguity. You don't know what's out in the ocean, and you have to accept that you don't know, and you have to have peace with that, and find it spiritually right. You can't control what happens out in nature. You need to have a comfort level with ambiguity.
- We live in a time where we do have the ability to find out EVERYTHING. We don't have to live with that ambiguity anymore. It's a very strange tectonic shift in our lives. Everything is being reduced to data, to definitive and reductive answers.