Life Lessons From Love Island
Critics of ITV2’s sun-kissed reality show argue that Love Island is archaic superficial garbage. And they’d be right. But as a recent study has shown, you’re likely to be above average intelligence if you watch it. Love Island viewers are cultural omnivores, who feast on a broad spectrum of art and media across the traditional boundaries of high and popular culture. And they recognise that every episode serves a menu of profound life lessons from which we can all learn. This is especially true if you’re in the business of highlighting and/or resolving tensions for the purposes of selling products and services.
So, MotherZine proudly brings you a new limited-edition strand that boils the week’s Island action down to important life lessons. Let the psychobabble commence!
#1 Grandiose Narcissism Is Still The Only Game In Town
According to the Western media bubble, women are leaning in to equality and men are leaning the flip out of patriarchy. But in the real world, flamboyant, assertive and dominant people still trample their way to the top of social hierarchies with relative ease.
Witness alpha snake Adam Collard’s instant and total authority over both male and female housemates through old fashioned macho posturing. An inflated sense of self, unwavering confidence in decision making and complete denial of fallibility crushes equality and sweeps away inclusion like its 1975. And Grayson Perry’s abs are no way ripped enough to fight it.
Thought For The Day
Dinner Party Pass Notes: AI Ethics
Instant opinions for the next time you need to say something clever
Google is about to publish a set of ethical guidelines for the development of artificial intelligence. The growing AI backlash, led by Elon Musk, has forced Google’s hand after it invested and then promptly un-invested Deep Mind resources in US Military drone contracts.
This ethical framework could end up becoming the biggest dos and don’ts list since Eleanor Roosevelt drafted the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949. But what should be in it? Here’s five things to say if anyone asks you.
AI services have recently confused gorillas with people of colour. That’s not good for anyone. We need to make sure that machine learning algorithms are free from bias, especially when they are owned by private business.
Teachers have recently been fired by AI bots and given no explanation why. We must balance the need for more accurate algorithms with the need for transparency towards people.
What happens when a person is sent to prison by AI? Should people be able to appeal because their judge was non-human? Surely the final say in important decisions should fall to humans.
- Lethal Force
Military drones capable of making decisions about killing without human approval are less than ten years away. People are calling for an outright ban on autonomous “slaughterbots”. Which seems fair to say is an ethic without question.
CCTV is omnipresent, but there have never been enough human eyeballs to monitor them fully. Facial recognition is changing all that, and systems are now capable of tracking the location of all citizens all the time. The old “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” argument isn’t very helpful when machines start telling you when and where you can physically move. So maybe let’s regulate that too.