we live in a world where the two following things are true at the same time:

- the current industry standard way to find out if someone is a human or a machine is to see if they know what a stop sign is

- self-driving cars exist

real life is so weird that if you tried to publish a non-fiction book in the fiction section no publisher would accept it because nobody would find it remotely believable.

@ben even weirder, the /reason/ the current industry standard way to find out if someone is a human or a machine is to see if they know what a stop sign is

is in fact that self-driving cars exist

Prediction: in the #future, captchas will be replaced by either authentication keys (aka tokens) that prove you're a human being, and/or third party servers and a biometric dongle.

In an ideal world, the tokens would be anonymized to prevent government or corporate interference, but in a capitalist world, we know who always ends up gaining control of the industry.

"Please scan your fingerprint to authenticate yourself."

#cyberpunk #futurology #authentication #captchas

@rick_777 @ben
That's only if neural networks based on supervised learning have been trained on any possible data set ever, or if supervised learning algorithms become obsolete.

@rick_777 @ben My prediction for the future goes beyond that. Yes, these biomechanical authentication tokens will exist, but they won't be given to the silicon-based intelligent life that we inevitably create, wreaking a ton of havoc on human's everyday lives.

@KitsuneAlicia @rick_777 these ideas seem like the absolute worst case for privacy on the internet and I hope they never get implemented

@ben @rick_777 If we stay on our current track, I can all but guarantee it.

...Assuming we don't die from the planet burning up first, ofc.


My idea for #anonymous #tokens goes more or less like this:

1) You register yourself with your local #certificate authority (something like Verisign, but for people), and they give you a unique anonymous cerificate that can verify your age, gender, country of origin, or whatever facts you wish to state publicly (like, "I've never worked for Agrigen(tm) or Purcal(tm)", altho these would require more expensive paperwork) - 1/6

@ben @KitsuneAlicia The certificate must be encrypted with a secret passphrase, so no one can steal it.
2) using your certificate, you go to the website where they'll give you a unique hash PER SITE, which you'll use and will allow others to verify your partial identity - 2/6

@ben @KitsuneAlicia There should be some PKI in here, perhaps they encrypt your key with your public cert, so only you, who has the private key in the PKI pair, can decrypt the hash. After you submit the hash, the site can verify its digital signature and your account will have "verified facts."

3) Only the site will have access to your personal hash, which means others can't steal it - 3/6

@ben @KitsuneAlicia
4) The cert authority must ensure that the same of facts MUST result in the same certificate. That means you can't get sockpuppets to troll or shill.
5) The site can allow you to have more accounts, but they'll use the same hash. This lets you use different accounts for personal and public business, or whatever, but you won't be able to fake your country or gender - 4/6

@ben @KitsuneAlicia
6) If a site bans you, they'll ban your anonymous certificate - but not your actual ID because they don't know it.
7) The police could identify you after the police searches for your certificate on the site, which they'll later use to track you at the third party certificate authority. But this should require a Subpoena - 5/6

@ben @KitsuneAlicia Sitess will have no incentive otherwise to share your anonymous certificate with anyone else.
This will enable "verified facts" on your user profile, which will prevent political or commercial shilling, while at the same time protecting your privacy.
Critiques welcome. 🙂 - 6/6

@rick_777 @ben welp guess we have to kill capitalism for the robot civil rights movement to succeed.... but we knew that already

@ben - self-driving cars exist, and already have a bodycount

@ben I see you haven't been asked about the store front yet.

There are no self-driving cars yet, but there are remotely controlled ones already…

@ben not only that but captchas are being used to train those self-driving cars

Gosh you're so close to finding the Eldritch Truth.

Self-driving cars need a training model, something they know are stop signs or addresses; what better way to get these classifications than relying on definitely-humans to make those judgments?

(the Eldritch Truth is that I don't check how old a toot is before replying)

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