Internet Extremism with Lochlan Bloom
Religious extremists use technology to recruit vulnerable individuals to a violent cause. Google is developing ways to combat this extremism through its platforms, namely YouTube. When a user looks for inflammatory religious or supremacist content, YouTube’s “Redirect Method” instead sends those users toward anti-terrorist videos.
Google’s fight against extremism compelled writer Lochlan Bloom to write an article called “The Coming Battle: AI, Extremism, and the New War of Ideas.” Lochlan joins the show to discuss the societal implications of giant internet providers controlling our information flow.
Lochlan is a science fiction writer, most recently of The Wave, a book that mixes existentialism with quantum physics. Our reality is defined by what we observe, and this theme courses through our conversation–from religion to Twitter to artificial intelligence.