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Highly Recommended Viewing! Why fascism is so tempting -- and how your data could power it | Yuval Noah Harari (youtube.com)
In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy.

Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control.

 "The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy," Harari says. "It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don't become weapons."

(Followed by a brief conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson)

Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com
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    Jakobo Gimeno I agree with this Data is everything these days, Google's neural network can now predict whether a patient admitted to a hospital will die the AI will predict this by checking the users medical data and it has a 95% accuracy. EA is using player data to matchmake the player in a pattern that will make them play longer and it works. With the right data you can understand how the person works and you can know how to manipulate them and that is scary how our personal data can be accessed so easily without us knowing. Decentralized data might be the way out of this.
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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst "Who controls the data, that is the real government." Harari states, that corporations could manipulate our lives in a such way that we believe our beliefs and likes are our own. We have to be aware and make others aware in these times of change of the dangers of fascism coming from the use of technologies in hands of a few. "We shouldn't underestimate the power of human stupidity" he continues. But not all is dark. Blockchain is, for many, the weapon against this. Decentralised data, tokenisation, protection of your data being used nefariously, and in general a democratisation against big corporations, outdated financial (and political!) systems etc. However Blockchain will not help if we are not even aware of what is going on around us and we themselves won't become agents of change fully participating in the new incoming social, economical and political paradigm. We can't just leave this in the hands of leaders (fascism) or trusting corporations (more fascism).