By Chris Skinner Iris.xyz

I just listened to a presentation by Nick Thompson, editor-in-chief at Wired, about all things in the future of tech. A lot of it was focused upon Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning towards the end, but the first half was interesting as it focused upon why there is a backlash against Silicon Valley right now.

He put this down to four factors.

First, we have become addicted to technology. We live our lives staring at our devices rather than talking to each other or watching where we are going.

It’s not good for us and, according to Pew Research, is responsible for more and more suicides, particularly amongst the young. Pew analysis found that the generation of teens they call the “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.
Second is privacy. Facebook and other internet giants are abusing our privacy rights in order to generate ad revenues, as demonstrated by Cambridge Analytica, but they’re not the only one.

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