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


In 1968, Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick collaborated on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which a computer branded "HAL" (that's "IBM" with the letters shifted) interacts with people in the same way we interact with Siri or Alexa. Fifty years later we would say that HAL is an Artificial Intelligence who watches everything and runs the Internet of Things. Despite the fact we use words like "artificial" and 'things" to describe the technology behind HAL and Siri - the end result is an entity that we name like a human child, call "she," or "he," ... who has the job watching us. As the computer becomes human and humans become programmed, the ideas of humanity, autonomy and democracy, simply return to being - just ideas. This is not science fiction, it is happening now and the front line in the deflation of democracy is the destruction of privacy.

Our Age looks interesting through the invisible peephole of information privacy. Threads of our very personal information unravel to interesting places. They end up being held by entities; people or machines that you might never meet... in person. How will you know if you meet at all? The fact is - we have all met such entities. When we do - and we are not aware;

We are at a very unfair disadvantage.

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 where's the modern day the psychic? What is the act? Who gets rewarded?

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 a Mini-Me in the sky. The 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 goes on in the middle part.

There might be important relationships between unrelated subjects - like privacy, persuasion, and personhood. This site unrolls that idea - tries to
convince you to look at those relationships closely. Convincing itself has a long history and many words describe how it actually happens. These include: educate, argue, influence, persuade, manipulate, and coerce. The words detail how the act of convincing actually happens. Most powerfully, they allow us to talk things over with others... if we want to.

Who's the manipulator? Where is the theater? Who gets rewarded?

manipulations of political theater fill our hearts to the brim with feelings of anger and love. It's more entertaining then the movies. It has weekly sequels. Its free! Free? No it isn't. When you are given something - you become indebted to the giver, [Chialdi] you owe them. You will dress up like your favorite character in the show and carry their flag. You pay for the political theater lunch.

Anger is a distraction that keeps us from uncovering who the manipulator is. Anger kills conversation, conversation ruins illusion. Manipulators are not interested in having rewarding illusions exposed. Angry arguing - disgusting or enjoyable - this much should be clear; Anger is a weapon destroying The United States and much of the free world. There are lots of reasons for anger, but partisan anger is manufactured, under its cloud there is a manipulator

Bring your own. We provide no evil left or right. No sound, no fury (no advertising revenue) No talkin head commentary or intentional distraction. Magic is all about distraction. No distraction - no magic. But we love distraction and magic! Right. Until your friend gets you get sawn in half. maybe your family... or your country. Pretty soon it's not a show... shootin, lootin, and Putin destroy the town.

When people who want to make up their own minds
and come to their own conclusions
they are free to act on their own decisions

When people who want to make up their own minds
DONT come to their own conclusions
they are not free to act on their own decisions

Personhood has been compromised

This is a challenge to talk about things. Maybe there's common ground. Enemies of freedom - authoritarians, despots, dictators - rely on manipulation to get their way. But everyone wants a free mind... attached to free person. No one likes their mind to be messed with.

Feel free to think of these pages as a magazine shared by friends - maybe your family. The magazine might be lying on the kitchen table. You talk about it when no one else is listening. Ok... maybe Alexa or Siri are listening. But the creators of Siri and Alexa are actually fighting (against he NSA for instance) for your privacy.. maybe.

That all seeing eye up there is watching an astronaut exercise. HAL watched things very closely. When things weren't going HAL's way... he cuts ties with his creators.

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

Who Cares ?

a western