Writer and craftsman James Bridle discloses a dark, unusual reces of the internet, where unknown people or radicals on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue. From “surprise egg” discloses and the “Finger Family Song” to algorithmically established mashups of familiar animation references in violent status, these videos exploit and terrify youth thinkers — and they tell us something about where our increasingly data-driven world is headed. “We need to stop thinking about technology as a solution to all of our problems, but think of it as a navigate to what those problems actually are, so we can start thinking about them properly and start to address them, ” Bridle says.

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