Facebook fires staff that manages their "Trending News" feature. As a result, the algorithm they used to generate news article goes off the rails and spews out a false story about Megyn Kelly of Fox news and a true story about a (NSFW) man whacking off with a McChicken sandwich
. I've never tried one and as of now, I don't think I ever will. I hope and pray ( to the FSM ) that this never goes viral like the Harlem Shake.
News article from The Guardian:https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/29/facebook-fires-trending-topics-team-algorithm
What's of more interest to me though, is the subject of algorithmically selected or generated news. It raises a few questions for me such as:
* if it's generated by a machine, is it really worth reading?
* Is it possible that one day, computer-automated research and generation of news and other printed literature might prove to be superior to human researched and written material?
* Might this be the end of human journalists?
* How likely is it that computer-generated information and news sources might one day turn against us much like how some human journalists already have. ( ie. propaganda and rhetoric )
On the last point, it sounds a little far fetched for a computer or program to deliberately mislead, but not so far fetched if you think of a news generating machine being influenced ( ie. deliberate fed misinformation ) by an outside actor who wanted to influence the material that it produced.