IoT and free will: how artificial intelligence will trigger a new nanny state

‘The concepts of free will and predetermination are now up for interruption by technology nannies’ Does the following sound familiar? Your phone wakes you up in the morning with an alarm. You immediately go to your weather app: rain today, better bring an umbrella. Next, Google Maps gives you a detour from a traffic-filled highway as you commute to work. Around noon, your smartwatch reminds you that you haven’t walked more than 20 steps in the past two hours so you take a break and walk around the block. That evening you ask Siri to read the next day’s agenda as you get ready for bed. Through these micro-prompts and conveniences, we’re slowly giving up our free will to machines. The Internet of Things (IoT), deep learning and augmented reality…


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