Google has announced a dystopian new project called “Info Interventions” that will target and punish so-called “conspiracy theorists” and “intervene” when they are interacting with information Google deems harmful or inaccurate.
While ordinary users of the internet will be left in peace, those deemed to be “conspiracy theorists” will be targeted and harassed by subliminal, nudge-based interventions designed by Google to “pre-bunk” conspiracy theories so that users can be “immunized.”
According to Google, the new “Info Interventions” program is a “gift to the world” that promises to severely reduce the number of “conspiracy theorists” on the internet in the future.
Google is following in the footsteps of the United Nations and World Economic Forum in targeting conspiracy theorists. In August, the UN declared war on “dangerous” conspiracy theorists and claimed “the world is not secretly controlled by a global elite.” RELATED: UN Declares War on ‘Dangerous’ Conspiracy Theories: ‘The World Is NOT Secretly Manipulated By Global Elite’
How is the new “Info Interventions” program supposed to work? Google has put up a site that reveals the goal is to provide “accuracy prompts” that would refocus users’ attention toward whatever Google decides qualifies as accurate information.
And to reach it, the “hypothesis” currently seems to be that “reminding individuals to think about accuracy when they might be about to engage with false information can boost users’ pre-existing accuracy goals.”
Anyone familiar with Pavlov’s dog experiment will recognize that Google’s method of effectively training users to behave in a desired way is attempting to draw from behavioral science research.
Pavlov had the idea that dogs do not need to learn certain things, such as salivating when they see food, according to Modern Therapy. He said these reflexes are hard-wired into dogs. He coined the dog’s food as an unconditioned stimulus and the salivation as an unconditioned response – this response did not require any learning on the dog’s part.
Google believes that internet users with conspiratorial mindsets can be “trained” in the same way as Pavlov’s dogs.
This “gift to the world” comes thanks to Google’s unit called Jigsaw, set up to “explore threats to open societies, and build technology that inspires scalable solutions.”