[FoRK] Human behavior is 93% predictable

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Fri Feb 26 16:40:28 PST 2010

On Feb 26, 2010, at 3:56 PM, Damien Morton wrote:
> Is there a collective right to privacy that would lead to data being withheld from studies like this. Not clear that anything has been gained by humanity here

While it might work for this particular study, the assumption does not generalize. Tidy data sets make it easier but are not required by any means. You would have to withhold virtually all data from virtually all possible sources, tantamount to eliminating all communication networks. Not gonna happen.

It doesn't matter what you do as an individual, most things can be reconstructed from surprisingly diffuse and unrelated latent bits.  Privacy is theater, short of abolishing and un-remembering the (very useful) kinds of mathematics that make it possible. Algorithmic information theory is coming of age.

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