29 Sep Reading“World Without Mind: Mark Zuckerberg’s
Reading“World Without Mind: Mark Zuckerberg’s War on Free Will,” by Franklin Foer.PromptFoer’s central thesis is that algorithms have the potential to strip us of our free will. But what are the mechanisms by which algorithms limit our ability to think for ourselves?Foer brings up several answers to this question:1)Facebook’s opacity, or lack of transparency2)Facebook’s belief in the ultimate transparency in the user.3)Data mining4)The newsfeed5)Facebook’s experiments.For this assignment, I want you to find a quote for each of these answers that points to how thismechanism works. This quote should be idea-rich, and lend itself to a robust, fruitful analysis.Then,I want you to analyze that quote to show exactly how this mechanism functions tolimit our free will. Each of these analyses should be 75-100 words. You should analyze each of these concepts, sothere should be 5 quotes, and somewhere between 375-500 words of original writing.That’s five quotes – one for each mechanism, and five corresponding analyses.