Thanks for blogging about this! Having lived in France, I’m extremely interested to see how PA progresses there. I love the idea that it could help people find career change opportunities because this is unusual in France. Traditionally people decide a “track” in high school and don’t have an opportunity to change careers (or education path). I, too, fear how the data could be used negatively. As we’ve seen, even well-intended technologies can have negative consequences when an algorithm intensifies cultural bias. I am hopeful that European privacy regulation can help mitigate some consequences, but France also has intense educational and workplace hierarchy that could strongly work against any job mobility PA stands to offer.
Really interesting topic, Jad! I appreciate what you pointed out on the negative impact on culture and subgroups. It seems that this algorithm would narrow in on a homogeneous “acceptable” humor. This in itself subverts the end goal of building trust and creativity by alienating anyone outside the norm. Beyond that, so much of humor comes from uniqueness of perspective or performance, and the art of this would easily be lost in an algorithm.
Love the topic, Georges! I ultimately agree that the beauty of soccer is in it’s chaos and fluidity, and fear that analytics would take much of this away by focusing on “profiles” of player abilities. While it could be used as a complement, it may influence players to work on certain skills for recruitment to the detriment of developing their own unique talent. Incredible technique is not the only aspect to consider in soccer recruitment. The drama of the sport is also something special that I wouldn’t want an algorithm to mute out.