Social media and AI



I saw a Swedish documentary called “Vägra Sociala medier” (“say no to social media”) at Adam Lundgren is a Swedish actor that has been questioning his use of Social media. He travels to Silicon Valley to know more about Social Media. He met the Flickr inventor, Jaron Lanier, and Jeff Hankock a psychologist expert on Social Media effect our minds.

He came up with an understanding that Social Media are using Social Media to learn about human behavior to improve AI. This was not the intention from the beginning. Google is using social media to improve their Google translate service.  I share in this post a few thoughts shared in the documentary.

While Adam speaks Swedish you hear all interviewed people talking in their language, English as Swedish media always let us listen to the speakers voices.



Google meet – How to use

If you want to start a meeting

  1. You must have a Gmail
  2. Login Gmail
  3. Click on the nine button icon
  4. Choose Meet


If you want to attend a meeting

  1. You must have a Gmail
  2. Login Gmail
  3. Click on the link you got
  4. Wait for you to be accepted


Zoom – How to use



How to join

  1. Use phone if you do not have microphone and camera on your computer.
  2. Click on the link you got by mail or chat
  3. Choose to connect with browser
    Chrome works best.
  4. Wait for you to be accepted

Jaron Lanier

author of  Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now”

  • Ai works with data.
  • China might take advantage of AI.
  • Social media is used to take data to feed AI.
  • The power is by those who own the social media
  • Google translate development needs data taken from people
  • Facebook didn’t plan  the development  that later started
  • the engineer is more conscious about the information manipulation
  • It is an unfair way to develop AI with Social media data.
  • Today there is a loss of mystery, of faith in the sense of the future.
  • Over the world, you see depressed and stressed out people.
  • There is no more positive science fiction about the future.

Catarina Faker

The developer of Flickr sold to Yahoo

  • Give the regular people a voice
  • Should this exist is a question we must do.


Jeff Hankock

Professor psychologist at Standford, studying social media effects on humans.

  • Addicted to phones because 
  • We can not sit with our thoughts for 6 minutes
  • We can develop defenses against social media.
  • Being bored is 
  • With social media, we see the world differently 
  • Socrates was worried that the words can change the memories of our selves
  • Dopamine kicks are part of our reward system
  • We get dopamine kick when we make a handshake, see a smiling face, get a like on Facebook.
  • The dopamin dialog disturbs me
  • You have to determine if the reward you get, disturbs you or not.
  • The phone my have helped Andreas so far.
  • Our memory doesn’t work as for the greeks
  • Social media and books change your memories.


Eugenia Keyda

recreated his own boyfriend Roman who died, as a chatbot


David Grossblatt

owner of Founder’s Dojo, a free incubator in San Francisco for young, wayward startup founders.
the man who’s rumored to be the inspiration for Erlich Bachman, the raunchy but loveable character on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Read more at

  • the incubator is a creative space
  • IGrossblats incubator is trying to offset the manipulation of information
  • Manipulation of information has always existed but  is more visible now
  • Lanier is part of the incubator
  • Ai is in its infancy
  • We can not stop AI.
  • AI will make rich people richer.
  • We have to be optimistic


Bailey Parnell Ted

“The Canadian Association of Mental Health 
found that grades 7-12 students who spent two hours a day on social media reported higher levels of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.”

Bailey Parnell is talking about how Social media affects you. She digs more into this issue and how to prevent the negative effects. She recommend these four steps:


Effects on children

Patrik Wincent is the founder of ”Internetakuten”, a company with the main focus of offering counsel to people who are dealing with digital stress and to offer education in how to prevent and recognize digital stress.
“studies shown by Hilda Cavalli shows
that 30% of children under the age of 2
knows easily how to use an iPad
but haven’t yet learned how to
The age between 0 to 2
the brain doubles in size and continues
to grow until they become 25 years so
early brain development is dependent on
which environment and which surrounding
were in right and also studies showing
the three four year olds does easily
knows how to control an iPad having
material difficulties by grasping
objects such as blocks pen and a paper”




Other issues covered

this doc mentioned



I am myself using social media for my own purposes, informing about my doings and projects. But I am careful not to keep my Facebook posts private for friends or a restricted group.

I don’t care if Facebook can read all my posts.

If I can help Google to improve their translation services, that is ok as I myself use often Google translate to get fast translations I can correct in a short time.

Depressed or optimistic?

Humankind has a very important instinct we often can rely on. That is survival.

However AI develops,  Humankind will always do its best to survive. AI is just one of many techniques humankind has developed.

Most of us have learned to use fire, knives, dynamite, and other potentially dangerous tools in a safe way. There are criminals, pyromancers, and killers who use these tools the wrong way. 

Humankind is doing its best to keep these people under control with laws, military, police and other measures. We have hackers and pedophiles who use the Internet in a bad way. We are developing techniques to protect us from criminals,

I would not have been able to do the things I am doing without internet. I m worried but not pessimistic about the development of social media and AI.

Will AI become a tool available for sick or criminal people? Bots are now used by hackers. Will hackers and criminals be able one day to take over robots? I think that these are important questions our next generations have to make.

Another thought that came up with this doc is that parents should know about Social media effects on their children and talk with them about it.

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