Even completely ignoring AGI, I think we're fast approaching (if not already there) a situation where corporations are able to amass power comparable to the most powerful governments simply because of the amount of data they've amassed and what they're able to infer from the data. Think of the amount of compromat Google, Amazon, Facebook, or Microsoft could have on various politicians and bureaucrats. Even if they choose not to use compromat, they can easily figure out the optimal politicians to help or hurt, as well as optimal propaganda strategies. And they have the power to put those strategies into effect.

It also seems likely at least some of these companies will decide to collude. Facebook is relatively friendly with both Microsoft and Amazon, because they have a common enemy in Google. But GAFAM all have a common enemy in the form of the EU and parts of the US government. They could try to exploit the EU to hurt one another, but the EU has the potential to destroy business models, so each company has a strong incentive to keep the EU in check.

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The more I think about it, the more I'm starting to love the idea of @Delta Chat
#justsayin

I just sent this to my :

This is why I would want to finish the attic 🤪🤣🤣🤣

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Proverbs 21:9 ESV
bible.com/bible/59/pro.21.9.ES

Quick reminder from Exodus 14: 14 -

"The Lord will fight for you, and you
have only to be silent.”

Hey ya'll! My wife and I made it back to the #MidwestUSA last night, safe and sound. I'll share a few pictures here and there from our trip to #Boston 😀

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#IAmDad #marriage #NewEngland

The benefits of knowing God are not reserved for heaven but meant to be experienced in the ordinary moments of everyday life.
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My #TheMiracleMorning got off to a bad start. No surprise. That's how it goes. Just after a few days in, my work schedule required a few overnights, which turned into a couple of weeks of random overnights. Then our family trip to the #LakeoftheOzarks extended Labor Day weekend happened. Then a few more overnights for work, and next up is my trip to #Boston with my wife. So, with all that said, I'm getting back into the groove next Tuesday. Wish me #luck

#IAmDad

When people say they have nothing to hide, let's reply:

* Post your passwords here
* Write down everybody you hate
* Tell the world who you voted for
* List all the videos you watched

- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
And more...

I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because 'your' judgement and intentions are.

And it doesn't matter whether or not my communications are weighty or frivolous in nature - they are mine and only for those whom I've chosen to share them with. Not the government's, nor goog's, nor my ISP's, but mine.

Also, what is legal where I live today, may not be legal tomorrow and my discussion of it may incriminate my future self. It has happened in the past many times to others in other places.

Confession:
Last Wednesday, I started listening to the lies in my head that say I'm trash. I could take any scenario and make it fit the talking point. I started to wander from Jesus. Started to feel alone. Felt like a burden to my wife and friends so I wouldn't share. Started to listen to the music of my old playlist, Korn, Deftones, RATM, ect. Started to embrace the self hatred.
But, then Sunday morning comes. I wanted to skip, I had a commitment to assist in the tech booth, so I went anyway.
Never underestimate the power of the local . I shared none of this with anyone, but soon, I started to not feel alone. I needed the fellowship. The songs were typical, but they felt personal. The message had points in it that reminded me that I'm not trash. I'm a piece of art that Jesus has recreated. I'm broken, but repairable.
This morning, I turn on and comes on and I just think that if had written in a journal over the last few days, it would probably sound like this song.

open.spotify.com/track/5JyBOy5

I just wanted to share because I know I'm not the only person in this world that can sometimes feel alone, unwanted, like trash, nonrepairable. But those are lies. Jesus did, is, and will continue to save me from this and he'll do the same for you.

I'm so ornery. As an #Android user, these text messages I receive from #iphone users when they 'react' to my previous message has gotten quite annoying. All of my Android user friends agree, so I decided to be annoying back. I downloaded Macrodroid app and set it to reply back to the sender of the annoying reaction this: Error 5503: iMessage reactions can't be sent. Disable iMessage feature or upgrade to Android.

🤣🤣🤣🤣

#IAmDad #iMessage #troublemaker

Good Sunday morning! Using my gifts this morning to help myself and others worship. Enjoy your day. ✝️
Then later, my nephew is getting baptized in the 😳

Hey Fediverse!

The @owncast project could really use some help! 🙏

At the moment the lead dev @gabek is having to handle an awful lot at once. The platform would be much more sustainable if there were more people on the team.

Everyone who wants to help is welcome, but of course there are some specific areas where help is especially welcome:

owncast.online/help/

Please get in touch with @owncast or @gabek if you want to help out!

For those who don't know, OwnCast is a Twitch-style livestreaming and chat service for the Fediverse. You can follow OwnCast accounts from Mastodon etc and you will see a post in your timeline when the account goes live. There's a site about it at owncast.online and a directory of featured streams at directory.owncast.online

Boosts welcome!

#Fediverse #OwnCast #HelpNeeded

Hello all! Welcome @vales_711 to theres.life and to the He's a real life friend meeting me in this awesome virtual world! 😀​

Good morning! Here's a few pictures of my morning run in #CapeGirardeauMO #MidwestUSA.
Looks like they had a visiting boat. There are tours of these cruise boats that go up and down the #MississippiRiver

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#IAmDad #Missouri #5AMClub #TheMiracleMorning #MorningRun
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