How the internet can read your mind

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+16 1. VQAZ76 commented 12 years ago

How scary is that, i wish it would just go back to the way it use to be where you talked to people face to face, you had to walk into a shop to buy something. i dont like this, how programs know more about yourself then we know ourselfs
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+9 2. yourmum commented 12 years ago

Sure, he has a point. But if computers can understand us so well, why are the ads on Facebook so completely irrelevant to me? :S
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+3 3. antrax13 commented 12 years ago

#2 trust me they are no irrelevant, computing algorithms work on predefined path, if they are irrelevant it means you enterred wrong details somewhere. If you (person A) like milk and eggs and another person B likes milk and butter then person C who has in basket eggs is more likely like person A and with increment data inputs from user you get more accurate results. And also there is many more reason why facebook shows you irrelevant stuff (lack of ads, missing values, lack of data or wrong data)

I am currently working on suggestion system that should increase sells by collecting user data but you have a point that facebook has millions of users and their suggestion(ads) system should work very well as they have a lot of information to use for data mining not like me
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+3 4. deadhorse commented 12 years ago

So it will eventually reveal to everyone that people the internet-over are obsessed with cats? Color me shocked.
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+17 5. orion commented 12 years ago

#2 wait... facebook has ads?
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+2 6. loadrunner commented 12 years ago

That's why I use random search terms now and then. using google to search for puppies, little cat's roof building. while I never intend to need those things. Search some rand0m stuff in the search engines, and they get confused. :D
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0 7. deragent commented 12 years ago

Hmmmm, has anyone any source or more information about the algorithms and technics they mention in this clip? (Like research papers or other publications?)
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0 8. orion commented 12 years ago

#7 the keyword you are looking for is data mining. It's basically glorified statistics, throwing all the parameters in, looking for correlations and separating the data into clusters that have something in common. When new data arrives, you just compare with the categories and you get a prediction.
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+1 9. slrasta commented 12 years ago

Yeah, and what about every single search you have performed, combined with every single web-page you have ever visited and every e-mail you have sent and recieved...
Google knows us better than we know ourselves. :S
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0 10. jaaaan commented 12 years ago

haha - this video is for kids not knowing a thing.. if you are aware just a little bit you realised long time ago those here is a tip of the iceberg. cookies which never expire, data collection (ur IP shows where are you sitting - ur street address, searches, pages visited, purchases, spying on emails,.. EVERYTHING) - thats norm now. russians officially work on shaping society via internet programs.. guess usa is long ahead of them.