A fundamental part of earning trust means being clear about how we use your information and protect your
human right to privacy

Airbnb Privacy Policy


Lack of privacy gives a persuader unseen leverage to destroy personhood.

In 1968, Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick collaborated on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the film, a computer named "HAL..." That's "IBM" with the letters shifted. Fifty years later we would say that HAL is an Artificial Intelligence and interacts with people in the same way we interact with Siri or Alexa today. HAL watches everything in the 2001 world and exclusively runs the Internet of Things. We are not quite to the point where a single AI runs all our infrastructure. Siri does not tell Alexa everything "she" knows... as far as I know.

Despite the fact we know HAL and Siri are big clusters of supercomputers - and we use words like "artificial" and 'things" to describe the technology - we name the system like a human child, call it "he," or "she." As the systems become more human and humans become programmed, the best ideas about what it means to be human - autonomy, freedom, privacy (the right to be let alone) - simply return to being... just ideas. This is not science fiction, it is happening now and the front line in the deflation of democracy just may be creeping invasions of privacy.

Fully autonomous car? Twenty-nine cameras. Drive a Tesla? Ten cameras - one reads your facial expressions. 4,000 Gigabytes up to the cloud. Who owns it? Nobody agrees.

Our Age looks interesting through the hidden peephole of information privacy.


In a western movie, there's always a hostile scout doing recon just over a rocky overlook. He's gathering information with a spy glass. You can't do anything about him... Maybe build a fence. Down in the saloon, there's a magic show, complete with a fortune telling psychic. His accomplice is outside the door taking names and addresses on a petition, maybe for a church or charity. Names go straight to the well paid town gossip and new information goes not-so-straight to the psychic who rewards all with astonishment. (Sorry if that ruins psychic shows). But who is the psychic today? What is the act? Who gets paid?

Today, we buy our tickets online... With credit cards and phone numbers. These numbers allow the big gossip (who's been collecting dirt on us for years) to lookup your Mini-Me in the sky. Your Mini-Me knows (and tells the highest bidder) more about you then you will ever know. The following pages detail where the Mini-You data comes from and where it goes. Even the programmers, social psychologist, economists, and mathematicians who create AIs, don't know exactly what happens to all the data.


There are important relationships between privacy, persuasion, and personhood. This writing unrolls that idea and might convince you to looking at those relationships closely. The act of "convincing" has a long history and many words describe how it actually happens; educate, argue, influence, persuade, manipulate, and coerce. Words allow us to talk things over with others. With no words, people are isolated. With too many words, people are isolated. Isolated people are easier to manipulate. Ask any cult leader or narcissist.

The threads of our very personal information run to interesting places, and are held by people or machines you'll never meet. But they've met you and you are at a very unfair disadvantage. Your buttons will be pressed - you will be persuaded.


Today's show gives anger and love. And it's free! No, it's not. When we are given something - we become indebted to the giver, [Chialdi] We owe them and pay for the shows free lunch with unconscious allegiance... something like love. The anger serves to distract, to wrap the psychic in a fog and hide the common ground, our personhood. Psychics are not interested in having their profitable illusions exposed so they help people with distraction so tricks will be overlooked, friendships sawn in half.

When people make up their own minds, they come to their own conclusions. They are free to act on their own conclusions and retain personhood. When people do not make up their own minds, they do not come to their own conclusions. They are not free to act on their own conclusions and give up personhood. But everyone wants a free mind... attached to a free body.

Lack of privacy gives a persuader unseen leverage to destroy personhood.

"We are the only western nation who does not have a similar law"
Julia Angwin

Who Cares ?

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