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filter failure is a failure to connect, and we can do something about that, can't we? I am amazed at the lack of desire to meet new people and listen while suspending judgment I am noticing. The more time people spend online and automating, the more they should balance with critical thinking/reading and open-minder people meeting.

There is a whole market for tools that help others spot needs: it's called consulting, and I am part of that ;-)

Two very important questions to ask, Valeria. While I do worry about Google and, to lesser extent, Facebook filtering information to the point where the social web becomes a silo'd echo chamber, some of the stuff I've read lately seems downright tin foil hat!

I think the need for human conversation agents will grow even stronger, as moves like this stand to individualize the digital experience. When we meet in person, your digital travels may very well be strikingly different from mine. This presents an amazing opportunity for f2f conversation.

These filtering ideologies seem to pull the double-edged sword from its holster. On the one hand, discovery could be limited, keeping people "in their place." On the other, how much easier could it be for those who want to help others to spot needs and address them? There could be a whole new market created for tools helping people expand their horizons.

Good food for thought on a Wednesday morning. :)

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