Ever since the Internet of Things became a thing, the internet has become intranets- information silos of corporate-owned datastream. Parallel to real world citizenship, our digital selves reside in different digital nations: Ali nation, Tencent nation, Apple nation etc. One digital nation’s AIs don’t communicate effectively to other nations, due to embedded training data bias. To get full benefit in one digital nation, people would submit their loyalty to one corporate. Switching digital nationality could get them penalties and lose all valuable personal data, considered as digital treason, essentially. Of course, none of these would bother those who are already the digital refugees, who were left out during the ‘IoT Great Merging’, or who simply refused to stay connected in the first place, the voluntary outcasts.
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