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Re: goodbye privacy,hello common good

I was just thinking of Aquarius and that kind of thinking today hearing a news story about how a school program is taking data about student attendance, grades, behavior, and other "metrics" that are collected, and spitting out a number to see who is "at risk" and needs attention. The cost is estimated at $600/student, and is being hailed as a progressive step forward in intervention with students before they quit school. An example of such success is correctly identifying through worsening grades and attendance, a student who became homeless. This innovative program was able to select this student for intervention.

Because no one would talk to students about their lives and intervene otherwise. We pay for algorithms to do that, not teachers.

This is just an example of a theme that keeps repeating itself in the US recently: unjustified faith in "collectives" and technology and a deteriorating respect for the individual. The bad part about this is that most supporters of these ideals seem completely unaware of what they are destroying. Uranus is worst when totally blind to itself.

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