Very excited to have my first TechCrunch article go up over last weekend called, An Inconvenient Proof. The movie, An Inconvenient Truth is the famous documentary featuring Al Gore that alerted most people (myself included) as to how dire Global Warming has become. Hence my title - besides being a fan of puns, I tried to point out in the piece that unless we control our personal data, we (humans) are akin to the envionment/earth and aren't sustainable. Our data and identity are finite, and can be harvested to the point that in effect we won't exist any longer, at least in terms of having free will or genuine control over our lives.
The comments so far have been interesting - apparently you can't mention anything about religion without some people thinking you're not credible. Or getting angry (as one commenter did). I found this ironic since I was trying to point out in the piece that it's when any religion tries to force someone to believe in something they prevent someone from coming to conclusions on their own (that's the free will side of things). In the same way, personalization algorithms that influence our behavior run that risk as well. So the religion mentions here were to point out how hypocritical it would be for tech companies creating algos to say that religion has no place in business while manipulating behavior at the same time. It's just that their gods have names like Google, Facebook and Amazon versus Jehovah or Jesus.
But either way, I'm excited to have published on a new/large site. More pitches and pieces to come.