1. The facial recognition on students case. This has been done in physical schools for decades. Teachers had been telling kids to pay attention forever. Now, after moving to virtual, a similar solution has been developed. Personally, I would be happy if I could use something like this for my own learning. Identifying the moments when I didn't focus, so that I could re-learn just what I need, is certainly useful and helps a lot.
2. People don't understand that privacy has a price. If Facebook weren't serving us targeted ads, it would be asking us money. I prefer seeing ads over paying money. 99% of people also do. This is evident by Facebook's success. Some things cannot even be done a different way. We can live without smart speakers. They're not really an essential thing in your lives yet. Still, people buy them. They prefer the loss of privacy, that carries almost no real consequences, over the inability to use a technology that helps them.
3. Regulation around drugs means drugs are expensive and development is slowed down. It's very hard to make new, revolutionary drugs, unless you're a big company. If you're a big company, sometimes you don't want to pursue a certain direction, as not to disturb the status quo and not to kill your golden goose. You're also extremely profit-driven, much more so than small inventors. This will be true about technology. When it gets regulated, any new developments that might benefit humanity will be slowed down or not pursued at all. we will also end up with way more monopollies than we have now.
4. You know, people who never went to america make progress too? Europe has their fair share of startups too. Sure, America was and is the center of technology, mostly for geopolitical/legal/historical reasons, but that doesn't mean anything. I completely don't get this argument.
This article is a perfect example of the anti-big-tech crusade the mainstream media are pursuing recently, which is very alarming. I'm not saying there are no issues with the way current technology works. In my opinion, most of them stem from the fact that law, especially tax law, favors big companies with big armies of lawyers over small companies or even collectives. Those companies usually have shareholders and investors breathing on their necks, so they need to pursue every direction, no matter how unethical, that can bring them more profit. Corporate lock-in and the "move fast and break things" movement are also major issues. Privacy isn't one, though. People think of that surveillance done by machines is equivalent to surveillance done by people. I disagree. If I don't really get any negative consequences from Facebook having my data (and I see none), while getting a lot of positive consequences, I'm all for it.