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December 27, 2018

In 2018, tech's dark side gets exposed

  • Even some titans of technology — like Microsoft President Brad Smith — have been sounding alarms.
  • By MATT O’BRIEN
    AP Technology Writer

    We may remember 2018 as the year when technology's dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook's role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley's connect-everything ethos.

    The list is long: High-tech tools for immigration crackdowns. Fears of smartphone addiction. YouTube algorithms that steer youths into extremism. An experiment in gene-edited babies.


     
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