The Downside of Personalization?

This was sent in Issue #21 of Squirrel Notes on January 3, 2019.

I don’t know what to make of this Black Mirror-esque article from Scientific American about content personalization.

How Personalization Leads to Homogeneity

The general point is that personalization is really effective, and therefore detrimental over the long-run:

When coupled with design and engineering practices informed heavily by behavioral data (and not necessarily personalized), addiction, dependence and a host of other concerns arise. In the moment, people may be satiated, but that doesn’t mean they like who or what they’ve become if/when they reflect on their behaviors.

Lest this keep you up at night, just remember that personalization at scale is a really, really hard thing to do.

Content Personalization: A Reality Check

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