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García Aller has received some of the most prestigious awards in economic journalism, such as the Citi Journalism Excellence Award, the AECOC Journalism Award for Business Competitiveness and the Vodafone Journalism Award. Before working at El Confidencial, she worked in the editorial offices of El Independiente, El Mundo, Actualidad Económica and Agencia EFE. Since 2010, she has been an associate professor at IE School of Human Sciences and Technology and also teaches postgraduate classes at ICADE.
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Q.- The so-called fake news have played a relevant role, which is not something new, but driven by technology they take on a new dimension, are you in favor of verifiers? How should fake news be fought?
In ‘The Unpredictable’ I dedicate a whole chapter to truth because it is something fundamental to understand the world we are going to and something that algorithms cannot do alone. You can’t ask a machine to differentiate between what is true and what is a lie because even humans sometimes can’t draw that line.
You have to understand how social networks work. If their main revenue comes from time spent on pages and they perceive that extraordinary content, even if it is fake, gets more attention, they may be promoting that content. It is an activity that generates profits for someone, at our expense, at the cost of our innocence. That’s why it’s important to understand how their algorithms work so they don’t manipulate us.
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Q: In that regard, to what extent is globalization and the need to develop long-term strategies to adapt to technological changes leading us to a world of international organizations, rather than national governments?
A: Of course. Quantum scientists pose this as a dilemma, but not from a literary point of view, like Borges, but from the point of view of physics. The idea that, of course, everything cannot be predicted because we do not have all the data. But also, the chaotic nature of the universe makes it impossible for that data to ever exist.
Q: On that subject, in the book you mention the paradox that preventing something that has been predicted from happening varies the data and, therefore, the prediction system itself would end up nullifying itself. I do wonder however how that prediction system would clash to some extent with the learning capacity of the human being, which after all always feeds on its mistakes.
A: Well, I really think that now, at least for me, as a journalist, I have to focus on the current turmoil we are going through. Because it’s not that we don’t know what the future is going to be like, it’s that we don’t know what the present is going to be like. We are living through a series of very profound changes that I believe deserve our full attention. The truth is that I am more interested in social transformations than in the future, and we are now living in a kind of laboratory. We have to reinvent the present, so nothing could interest me more at the moment.
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For García Aller, professor of Human Sciences and Technology at IE Business School, “there may be incredible technology”, but if it is not invested in science, health and education “it is of little use”.Geolocation applications against the pandemic?
“We need to reflect on whether we are not being a bit hypocritical in distrusting something that is designed to protect our health,” stresses García Aller, who recalls the indiscriminate use made of other applications that trade with our data.
During confinement, technology has also been used to create robots and machines of all kinds with the aim of maintaining security measures in streets and airports, such as the drones that have been used in Marbella and Madrid, says the writer.In some places in European countries they are controlling the entry of people with fever; however, there are doubts in the legislation about who this data belongs to, she mentions.Along these lines, the journalist is committed to “putting all innovation at the service of health”, although she stresses the voluntary and anonymous factor of these technologies.