The Canadian Government is Using Artificial Intelligence to Search Social Media
The Canadian government is using artificial intelligence to search social media. At first I thought it was Justin "I Feel Pretty" Trudeau trolling Tumblr. Scouring for people making fun of his hair. Or at least inquiring about the all organic product he uses to style that coif. Probably lamb placenta. But no, Canada is going all Minority Report, trying to predict suicides before they happen.
Read this, and tell me if you can spot what's most problematic.
The Canadian government will soon hire an Ottawa-based company specializing in social media monitoring and artificial intelligence to forecast spikes in suicide rates.
A contract with Advanced Symbolics Inc., an AI and market research firm, is set to be finalized next month.
Working with the company to develop its strategy, the federal government will define "suicide-related behaviour" on social media and "use that classifier to conduct market research on the general population of Canada," according to a document published to Public Works website.
This pilot project will last three months, after which the government "will determine if future work would be useful for ongoing suicide surveillance," the tender document said.
Think about who runs Canada (see Proud Feminist Justin Trudeau Shames His Own Sons for Toxic ‘Masculine’ Nature and Canadian Man Arrested for ‘Islamophobic’ Social Media Posts…). Then imagine Pretty Young Thing Trudeau having a tool allowing government to troll people on Facebook and Twitter. Sure, wanting to prevent suicide is noble. But take it one step further. How soon until Canada use the AI to scour the net for what they call "hate" speech? Because they're already doing it.
Remember, there are too many Canadians who've littered their parents' basement with shirtless Trudeau posters. These same packing peanut brained ninnies think mean words are "literally violence."
People throw the word "tribalism" around like leftists throw poutine if the cheese curds aren't vegan. But Canadians should ask themselves this: what if Donald Trump has a tool like this? Are you suddenly triggered when someone you don't trust has all that power? Uh huh. Because people change power all the time. It's called elections. Worry about the tool in the wrong hands, then worry about the tool as a whole. If you're not worried about a tool in your guy's hands, then you're a tool.
If it's not something you want the opposition to have, it's not a good idea. We clear?