[ExI] bee having fun

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Sat Apr 30 01:01:04 UTC 2022

...> On Behalf Of Dan TheBookMan via extropy-chat
Sent: Friday, 29 April, 2022 4:43 PM

>... transparency might make gaming the system relatively easy. By gaming I mean someone who intends to poison the space but simply follows the rules to a fault...

If someone can follow the rules to a fault and still poison the space, the fault is with the rules.  So... design the algorithms to be an antidote.  Even better: the other social media can see how the open company did it and do likewise.  Better still: the social media with secret filtering competes directly with the transparent one for customers.  Any customer who chooses a medium with secret filters over one with transparent filters is immediately suspect, as is any content found there.

>...By the way, it’s not unaccountable power either. There are other social media and the whole wide internet that aren’t under Twitter’s control... Regards, Dan

Ja, good thing.  Competition breeds excellence.  I choose social media which is open and honest.

Dan, none of what you wrote is really a direct argument for keeping filters secret.  Good points are made however (thanks for that.)  What I am looking for is any reason why anyone would oppose Elon Musk's notion of buying Twitter and making the machinery transparent.  Is there anything in his plan which is objectionable?  Musk:

"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.  I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."  Elon Musk

OK Elon, do it sir, all of it.  We are behind you 100%.  May the others feel the pressure to show their cards too.  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.


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