Splitter: The Selfish Ledger (internes Konzeptvideo, Google 2016)

18. Mai 2018

Eine Zukunftsvision aus dem Unternehmen Google macht derzeit die Runde im Netz: The Selfish Ledger, ein eigentlich internes geleaktes Konzeptvideo aus dem Jahr 2016, das The Verge nun veröffentlicht hat (Artikel & Video):

»The video was made in late 2016 by Nick Foster, the head of design at X […]. The video, shared internally within Google, imagines a future of total data collection, where Google helps nudge users into alignment with their goals, custom-prints personalized devices to collect more data, and even guides the behavior of entire populations to solve global problems like poverty and disease.

[…] Granted, Foster’s job is to lead design at X, Google’s ›moonshot factory‹ with inherently futuristic goals, and the ledger concept borders on science fiction — but it aligns almost perfectly with attitudes expressed in Google’s existing products. Google Photos already presumes to know what you’ll consider life highlights, proposing entire albums on the basis of its AI interpretations. Google Maps and the Google Assistant both make suggestions based on information they have about your usual location and habits. The trend with all of these services has been toward greater inquisitiveness and assertiveness on Google’s part. 

[…] The Selfish Ledger positions Google as the solver of the world’s most intractable problems, fueled by a distressingly intimate degree of personal information from every user and an ease with guiding the behavior of entire populations. There’s nothing to suggest that this is anything more than a thought exercise inside Google […]. But it does provide an illuminating insight into the types of conversations going on within the company that is already the world’s most prolific personal data collector.«