With the recent advancements and proliferation of AI (such as ChatGPT and other probabilistic algorithms), it may be time for individuals, companies and governments to consider exiting the centralized internet.
There is high concern over security, privacy, and safety threats exposed by artificial intelligence pioneers and industry voices who have recently come forward including Alphabet’s (Google) Geoffery Hinton referenced there as the “Godfather of AI”.
The centralized internet already poses massive threats to anyone on the internet today because of the handful of monopolies that dominate the internet that include Google, Apple, and Microsoft, plus their app developer partners that include Meta/Facebook, ByteDance/TikTok, Amazon, and others.
Due to centralization, Google, Apple, and Microsoft control access to the internet by way of the operating systems they developed which include the Android OS, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows OS that can be classified as “leaky operating systems” since they support intrusive apps and highly addictive social media platforms centered on exploiting end users for profits.
Google, Apple, and Microsoft are mostly to blame for the security, privacy, and safety threats associated with the internet today due to consumerism which has led the proliferation of predatory surveillance and data mining business practices rooted in surveillance capitalism which pose numerous threats to internet end users.
By contrast, the Android OS, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows are operating systems that support an open application programmable interface (API) architecture that supports intrusive apps which enable developers to conduct surveillance on app end users while data mining app end users for profits 24×7/365 days per year.
Data Mining Architecture:
Surveillance capitalism is a business model adopted by Google, Apple, and Microsoft the three dominant operating system (OS) developers in the world which means that the majority of people who access the internet today must do so via the Android OS, Apple iOS, or Microsoft Windows OS which support smartphones, tablet PCs, connected products, IoT devices, and PCs.
The operating system is the gateway to the internet, and unfortunately Google, Apple, and Microsoft have chosen to partner with intrusive application and social media platform developers who make money by monitoring, tracking, data mining, and exploiting the OS end user for profits of which these developers share with Google, Apple, & Microsoft.
Surveillance capitalism is the root cause of all security, privacy, safety, and civil liberty threats associated with the centralized internet.
The proliferation of predatory surveillance and data mining business practices means that there is no privacy, security, or safety when accessing the internet by way of leaky operating systems that support intrusive apps and highly addictive/harmful social media platforms.
When you add artificial intelligence (AI) to the centralized internet, the threats are increased significantly due to the immense power associated with the recent advancements in AI (advanced AI) made by Microsoft’s OpenAI (ChatGPT) and Alphabet BARD (chatbot), Google’s parent company.
Before Microsoft invested in OpenAI, OpenAI posed massive threats to internet web browsers such as Google Chrome and MS Bing.
The competitive threat posed by OpenAI caused Microsoft to invest billions into the company in order to gain control over the company rather than innovate to compete against OpenAI which is standard operating procedure for monopolies such as Microsoft.
This same scenario has played out time and time again regarding monopolistic tech giants, such as when Facebook purchased Instagram rather than competing against them.
These are antitrust issues that our government refuses to address leading the centralization of the internet, which is controlled by a handful of monopolistic corporations, and now leading the centralization of advanced AI which will be controlled by the same monopolies who control access to the internet today.
This means that AI solutions such as ChatGPT going forward will be weaponized against the end user for consumerism.
Tech giants will increasingly monetize end users by way of predatory surveillance and data mining through AI supported web browsers, apps, and social media platforms.
In the end, the end user will be exploited for profits at the expense of the end user’s security, privacy, safety, and civil liberties.
For example, Microsoft is already integrating intrusive advanced AI into their popular apps, including office apps such as Excel.
Ultimately as Microsoft and Google integrate advanced AI into intrusive apps, web browsers, and other connected technologies, consumers of connected products will be forced to use intrusive advance AI posing massive privacy and security threats to the consumer, including teens, children, and business end users.
Centralizing advanced AI also means that the same tech giants today will be able to crush future competition while destroying innovation much like we have seen happen over the past 25 years.
Centralization is the reason Alphabet/Google, Apple, Microsoft, Meta/Facebook, ByteDance/TikTok, Amazon, and other tech giants have taken full control over the internet as we know it today.
The same threats we face today as the result of a centralized internet will be the same regarding advanced AI, but much worse.
The threats associated advanced AI become amplified as centralized AI proliferates around the world which means that governments who collude with tech giants will be able to weaponize advanced AI for political purposes as well.
Recently, it was exposed that Twitter colluded with the FBI to eliminate free speech and freedom of the press as exposed by the release of the twitter files according to a Newsweek Article.
Additionally, Apple colluded with the Chinese government to limit the airdrop feature from iPhones through a software update so that Chinese citizens could not use the feature to communicate without being surveilled by the government.
Big tech has had a history of colluding with government to eliminate human rights such as privacy as exposed by Edward Snowden regarding the NSA’s Prism Program posing massive privacy, security, and civil liberty threats to consumers, and businesses who have purchased products and services from Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
These examples expose why there are growing concerns over threats posed by centralized advanced AI.
Those threats include:
There are other threats to consider, but these are the top threats that impact all internet end users, including teens/children, and business/government end users.
Business and government end users have no idea that their highly confidential business/government information is being collected by leaky OS and intrusive app developers aside from their highly confidential personal information due to indiscriminate surveillance and data mining business practices employed by all developers concerned.
Due to these threats posed by today’s centralized internet and advanced AI, now is the time for companies, governments, and individuals who value security, privacy, safety, and freedom to consider decoupling most of the dealings from the centralized internet.
Purism offers solutions that can help companies, governments, and individuals decouple from the centralized internet that include:
Many people would be surprised to know that these products are being made available today by disruptive companies, such as Purism, who understand the threats posed by the centralized internet plus the threats posed by those who are controlling access to the internet today.
Since governments have not yet fully protected individuals or companies from these threats, Purism offers a market solution to solve these issues for those who wish to decouple from the controlling centralized internet as advanced AI proliferates.
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