Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jun 2017 18:43 UTC
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There is something horrible about this little video. Why do the inhabitants of this suburban home require a recipe for pasta from a jar? Why can't they turn the lights down using their hands? If the ad were an episode of "Black Mirror", they would be clones living in a laboratory, attempting to follow the patterns of an outside world they've never seen. And yet the ad is not fantastical but descriptive. It's unsettling because it's an accurate portrayal of our new mail-order way of life, which Amazon has spent the past twenty-two years creating.

Eventually, governments all over the world will have to ask themselves the question: how big and powerful will we let corporations become? The more powerful they get, and the bigger and bigger the role of money in Washington DC and Brussels, the more I believe we have already reached the point where it's time to start breaking up some of the most powerful corporations - like the oil giants, like Apple, like Google, like Amazon, and so on.

These companies play such a huge role in the core foundations and functioning of our societies, that we have to start taking steps to break them up. We've done it before, and we need to start thinking about doing it again.

Corporations exist to serve society - not the other way around. If, due to their sheer size and power, they become a liability, they have outlived their usefulness.

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Way back in time ..
by acobar on Tue 27th Jun 2017 20:47 UTC
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compare goods prices was hard, you should get lots of magazines and scan their pages for what you needed and then go to your land house/office phone to contact someone and check if it was still available and if the price changed. Many little things in electronics and mechanics were very hard to find and quite expensive. Every single time, your interlocutor would ask you many things trying to check if you were not a rival trying to undercut them. It was exhausting and many companies used to assign someone specifically to deal with this boring form of interaction.

People are lazy and averse to tiresome interactions (some are averse to any interaction). If a company gives them what they want and them can afford to pay for it what is the problem?

Lest see.

When someone wants to provide a service to members of a society, there are situations where some forms of regulations and policies must be in place. In almost all of them it should be to guarantee one of the following things:
1) safety (in its many forms);
2) fairness/justice (same);
3) access to whatever is a must (considered to be) on current state of the civilization in non-discriminatory terms to all members of public (be it education, minimum level of income, health treatment access or dignified treatment);
4) right to privacy on things that do not affect others.

Perhaps Amazon is infringing on 4?

Really, we all already had this discussion before and most of the time the conclusions were along the lines:
- make obligatory to have an user option authorizing commercialization of some specific forms of anonymised data;
- create a standard protocol and data format for user stored data so that no lock-in of the data is possible, i.e., the user must have access to all data collected from him;
- guarantee the deletion of all data under request;
- guarantee that, no matter whatever service is used, there must exist a way to transfer all data of the user to other providers or media if the user sees fit.

And no, the reason for corporations existence is not to serve society nor it is to be served from it. This line of thought is anachronic and does not reflect appropriately the state of interactions that exist nowadays.

Edited 2017-06-27 20:49 UTC

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