I worked on the AI that promoted them by the *billions*.
Here is why it’s a historic victory. Thread. 1/
For his parents, family and friends, his story is heartbreaking.
But from the point of view of YouTube’s AI, he’s a jackpot.
By design, the AI will try to get as many as possible.
1/ People who spend their lives on YT affect recommendations more
2/ So the content they watch gets more views
3/ Then youtubers notice and create more of it
4/ And people spend even more time on that content. And back at 1
1) make people spend more time on round earth videos
2) change the AI
YouTube’s economic incentive is for solution 1).
After 13 years, YouTube made the historic choice to go towards 2)
Will this fix work? 11/
(If it decreases between 1B and 10B views on such content, and if we assume one person falling for it each 100,000 views, it will prevent 10,000 to 100,000 "falls") 14/
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