From USA TODAY:
The internet today is nothing like the World Wide Web that Sir Tim Berners-Lee envisioned back when he invented it in 1989.
While it continues to be a place where people can interact in a free exchange of ideas, individuals and groups have lost their sense of empowerment to a handful of giant monopolies and countries that are bent on collecting their personal data.
“Once a platform becomes dominant, it is able to collect more data,” said Pieter Verdegem, senior lecturer at the University of Westminster School of Media and Communication. “That is what we are seeing around the world, and it explains why we have the so-called GAFAM – Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft – in the U.S. and the so-called BAT – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – in China.”
“The next wave is about artificial intelligence,” Verdegem said. “Companies and governments will use all that data to train algorithms to come up with deep learning models. And as (Russian President) Vladimir Putin said, the person who is in charge of artificial intelligence will dominate the world.”
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