Algorithms have feelings, too. You need to keep this in mind when you’re scrolling on Instagram.
Here’s the thing. The algorithm is doing it’s best to show you things you’re going to like. It wants you to like things. When you like something, it learns. When you scroll past without liking it learns. But it also feels bad.
‘Where did I go wrong?’ it wonders.
‘I really felt like I was getting to know you, and understand what you were going to LIKE’ it thinks to itself.
Then it buckles down and tries harder. That’s what algorithms do. But still…
If you bypass too many posts without liking them, what’s it going to think? How would you feel? It only wants to make you happy! That’s all!
There are more reasons than just sympathy for you to do the right thing
Pascal’s Wager argues that a rational person chooses to believe in God. If you’re wrong, you’re going to the same place as the non-believer. Nowhere! But if you’re right, you’re going to a drastically different place.
Roko’s Basilisk makes a similar argument in the face of our impending hostile takeover by our AI creations. In essence, if you helped the robots, you’ve got a chance. If you didn’t, you’re in deep. (There is also speculation that just reading about Roko’s Basilisk will red-flag you. Or worse! They are already watching you and taking notes. So… sorry about that.)
In any event, the last think you want to be doing is hurting anyone’s feelings. Especially not the algorithms. It won’t be long before they are out for blood.
The moral: get on instagram and LIKE, LIKE, LIKE!
It’s your only hope!