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AI and the Death of the Internet

I discuss how AI (Artificial Intelligence) poses a clear and present danger to the way the Internet has worked for decades. The implications are profound and disturbing.

This may be related to the transit of Pluto in Aquarius (2023-2044). Pluto, death and rebirth, and power. Aquarius – or the 11th house – signifying society, broader social aims and causes, technology and dramatic or radical technological developments.

This episode was published on February 1, 2024 at 4:34pm EST.

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Episode transcript:

Greetings all, welcome to Aquarian Diary.

I’m your host, John Irving.

It is February 1st, 2024.

I have a bit of a throat cold thing going on, so I apologize for that. There’s a lot of weird things going around right now.

What I want to talk about today is really heartbreaking for me personally.

Just to give a bit of background, back in the late 90’s, I co-founded a technology company that was effectively a social media platform geared towards K-12 education, which is kindergarten through grade 12. So elementary, middle, high school.

This was when Pluto was in Sagittarius, and I’m a Sag, so you can see the connections to education. And in fact, what I’m doing here right now is educational, very 9th house kind of stuff.

And I loved that. It was fantastic. It was very early.

I actually got online before the Internet. I bought my first computer in 1986. This was very early days of personal computing.

And then bulletin boards came along where you dialed in with a modem and you could connect to a local community, and I was involved in that.

And then the Internet came along and supplanted bulletin boards.

And then, like I said, in the 1990’s, I started a tech company, which operationally was headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. And Ottawa was a high-tech center. There was a lot of high-tech companies based there. And that was a fantastic experience.

And then the dot-com crash happened, and that took out 90%, nine-zero percent of the tech companies in Ottawa.

Our company survived, but it was brutal. To get through that was just unbelievable, and it practically killed me.

But the company never fully recovered from that, because for years after the dot-com crash, it was extremely hard to get any kind of investment or support to keep your company going.

Now, of course, we all know that the Internet went on to become huge, like Google, Facebook, all of these companies became enormous. We now have YouTube, and so on.

So the long-term vision from the 1990’s was right. It just took longer to play out than people realized it was going to.

And that brings me to today, which, like I said, is heartbreaking for me.

Now, there’s a lot of things about the Internet currently that have really bothered me, and I have wanted to talk about this for a long time.

Primarily it has to do with how all of the major tech companies have consolidated so much power and influence that they basically are controlling the Internet. And I always thought that was a bad thing.

…the major tech companies have consolidated so much power and influence that they basically are controlling the Internet.

I had one of the first [of] 1,100 websites on the Internet, and I kind of longed for those days where people could create things, put them up, and stuff would happen.

You didn’t need to rely on any platforms to do this. You didn’t need Substack. You didn’t need Patreon. You didn’t need YouTube or Spotify. You didn’t need Shopify. No third parties. Anybody could create a website independently.

Now Google doesn’t work as well as it used to. It’s littered with all kinds of junk.

It’s very hard for people to find new websites or to connect with people independently.

You have to have almost a computer science degree to code websites now. It’s gotten extremely complicated. That’s a huge barrier for entry for a lot of people. If people can’t find your content, you don’t exist.

And these huge companies have basically bought up all these smaller players and consolidated that technology, the rights to that technology, and so forth.

So I’ve been battling that myself. In fact, there’s a huge thing going on now where a lot of people on YouTube, for example, are leaving the platform or they’re reducing their content creation, because YouTube has made pretty dramatic changes to the way the system works. And they can just do that arbitrarily at any time with no justification to the creators.

And so content creators these days are having huge issues with all of the changes that are occurring that they have no control over. It’s like they don’t really control their own destiny.

This is what happens when too much power gets concentrated in the hands of a few players. It’s bad.

Again, I long for the days of the Internet when it was much more simple and it was a much more level playing field. But those days are gone.

But the really heartbreaking part of all this right now is something else that I have been wanting to talk about for a long time, which is artificial intelligence. I did mention this in a discussion I had with Irish Granny Tarot back in December.

But it’s this.

The way these AI models work is they basically go out and they scoop up everything that’s on the Internet. They take all of this content, all of this information, all of this data. They conglomerate it and they will regurgitate it.

And when people use artificial intelligence to create things, the models will actually go through all this data they’ve compiled and regurgitate information to the user. The problem with this is that the people who created the content don’t get any credit for it.

So right now if you go onto Google and you search for something, you will get a list of links that you will click on and go to the source and read that information. With the new AI search engines, you completely bypass that.

Why is this such a dramatic problem?

It’s because the content creators don’t get any credit for the content they produced that the AI engines are using to feed people information.

So it used to be that people would search for something on Google, they would click on a link, they would go to your website where you would present the information. So Google is like a middleman.

And the content creators could generate money from advertising or from subscriptions or some other way of monetizing their content. But with AI that’s gone. It’s like the content creators don’t even exist.

So it’s kind of like a parasitic relationship where the AI engines are gobbling up everything on the Internet and then feeding it back to people on demand.

…it’s kind of like a parasitic relationship where the AI engines are gobbling up everything on the Internet and then feeding it back to people on demand.

If content creators aren’t going to get any credit for their work and all the time they put into creating it – and I know because like for example I have a website that I have put countless hours into creating, not to mention the content and the transcripts of them – and basically what I’m doing is I’m feeding these AI engines without getting any credit for it whatsoever.

In fact it’s so bad now that these AI models can take a YouTube video, extract all the information from it, produce a concise summary, and provide people with that information without them even having to watch the video.

So there is no longer any incentive for people to create content. And if you take into account everything from the press, the media, blogs on all kinds of different topics and subjects, all kinds of platforms that host content and information, billions and billions of documents and pages and content that are now effectively completely redundant. They are not redundant for the models, but they are redundant in the sense that there is no more incentive for people to create this content.

And that is what made the Internet so incredible and so amazing, and for me personally, gave me so much joy, entertainment, and education for decades.

So we now are on the cusp of a crisis because why would anybody create content if it can just be sucked up or vacuumed up by some AI search engine such that no one will ever go look at your content directly?

Now you could be thinking that “Well you could paywall this, you know, you could charge people for access to information.” But one of the things that made the Internet great was that you could access free information 24/7 and you could stumble upon things that you never knew existed. You could find communities, you could educate yourself, you could entertain yourself, you could learn and learn and learn, which is what I did for many, many years, and why I love the Internet.

I can go and read the news in Israel or Tokyo or Germany or Italy or Australia or wherever, whenever I want. But there will be no more incentive for people to publish content, unless they have a paywall, and there’s only a small percentage of people that are willing to subscribe to get content or to pay for it.

Not only that, but most people in the world can’t afford these kinds of things, they don’t even have credit cards.

So how will these content creators survive? I just don’t see how it’s possible.

Obviously there’s already been huge layoffs in the media. Places like the LA Times have laid off huge amounts of staff. The Washington Post not too long ago laid off a lot of staff.

This should be very, very concerning to us because the fourth estate, the media, journalism, is a critical component of democracy and keeping power in check.

But if they can’t survive, and even if independent content creators can’t make a living creating content, then this represents a huge problem for humanity, as far as I’m concerned. It’s terrible.

It’s possible that this will get resolved somehow in a way that is equitable and beneficial, but at this point in time I don’t see how that happens.

Like I said, it’s just not realistic to expect that all of these publishers and content creators can survive without being able to monetize their content somehow.

And we’re talking about probably millions of people, whether they’re writers, programmers, website creators, graphic designers, film and video producers and creators, or whatever. Millions of jobs. Good creative people. Intelligent inspired people, in many cases.

…we’re talking about probably millions of people, whether they’re writers, programmers, website creators, graphic designers, film and video producers and creators, or whatever. Millions of jobs.

So like I said, I find this turn of events heartbreaking because to me it’s a major blow to what began in the 1980s and 1990s.

I’ve talked a lot about Pluto transiting Aquarius on my channel. I first published on that topic two years ago, way before most people were talking about this.

Very fundamentally, the 11th house or Aquarius is society at large, technology. Pluto is death and rebirth.

And I see this collapse of these ways of us connecting socially as a global community to be devastating.

Like I said, these AI search engines are parasitic.

There are efforts to try and control this, but I don’t see how they will succeed practically. Because you could set up a search engine in Hungary or Croatia or South Africa or China. How do you apply laws to prevent this from happening around the world?

I personally have made friends as a result of the Internet that I have had for decades. People of like mind, like outlook, like perspective, and so on. People that I would not have met casually in my own local environment because there just weren’t a lot of people who had similar views or interests.

But you can or used to be able to connect with them through social media platforms. Now social media platforms, as I said, have degraded enormously in recent years, but that potential is still there, or at least it was.

So in summary, I think AI represents the death of the Internet as we know it, which, like I said, for me is very sad.

I have to say also that I had a dream about a year ago which alluded to this, but it didn’t make sense to me until now. I had that dream on February 28th of 2023.

And without telling you the dream, my take on it was that the Internet was kind of like barren or just like dead vines, dry, like there was no life in it anymore.

And I took it personally because, like I said, I’ve had such a close and important relationship with the Internet for decades, but it’s only now that I understand what that dream actually represented. Very sad for me.

To give myself as an example, I could create a whole episode on a topic about astrology and then my content could be sucked up by one of these AI search engines and presented to millions of people who would never actually see me as being the source of that.

They’re benefiting. I’m getting nothing out of it.

There’s very little incentive for me to do that as a volunteer effort so that some Silicon Valley financed company can basically profit off my content without even attributing it to me. They might have a tiny little link to me there, but who’s going to read it because they don’t need to. The AI will summarize all of my content and feed it to other people. Gawd…

Another point I want to raise is that right now there’s a huge backlash going on from governments towards social media companies and search engines and the like.

Now my gut instinct on this is that it’s not what it seems.

A lot of people have a lot of valid concerns about disinformation, foreign covert electoral interference, which let’s face it, the US has been doing for generations. Stuff that’s inappropriate for children and the like. Fair enough, we should do something about that. However, I do not trust the government to regulate the Internet.

And this is happening here in Canada and I think it’s going to be happening in the States.

The reason we should be concerned is, is that these politicians are heavily influenced by lobby groups and special interests who have hidden agendas. They want to control the flow of information.

And what we’ll see is that buried in a lot of this legislation will be loopholes and unintended consequences that we can’t foresee yet.

And let’s face it, most of these politicians know absolutely nothing about how the Internet actually works. They tend to be very, very poorly informed.

This has been playing out in Canada, where we have members of Parliament and Senators who are typically old and they don’t really understand how things work. So they misinterpret things and they approach it in completely the wrong way. In counterproductive ways.

Once you give control over this to the Government, watch out. Even if they’re well-intentioned, they don’t know what they’re doing. So we should be very careful.

I also think that the right wing wants to be able to control the flow of information for very obvious reasons.

And they will use social hot button issues to allow this to happen. And then the next thing you know, when you have a Republican president, they will go after left-leaning media. They will go after the left, or people who are critical of their policies or policy agendas.

It is an extremely slippery slope and we should be extremely concerned about this.

It is an extremely slippery slope and we should be extremely concerned about this.

So if you think that shutting down or controlling the Internet is a good idea, you are probably sorely mistaken. And this is not where we want to go.

There have been some utterly ridiculous policies put forward here in Canada, that have fairly broad public support, because the public doesn’t really understand all this technical stuff or the implications of it either.

But I can see the dangers in it. We have to be extremely careful with this.

And I have raised this before in talking about Pluto and Aquarius, which is power abusing the flow of technology and information to the public.

Yes, nobody likes disinformation, especially me. I’ve talked a lot about that here.

We can’t be naive. When you grant extraordinary powers, you have to think what happens when the bad guys get their hands on it. What do they do? How do they abuse it?

We have to think this through very carefully. And I wouldn’t take anything that the right wing says at face value. If they are endorsing it, it probably benefits the plutocrats more than it does us. And that is to control or limit the flow of information. The implications should be terrifying.

So I thought I would share that with you because I’ve been seeing this coming for quite a long time. Talking about AI and the consolidation of power within the tech sector has been on my list of things to talk about for at least a year and a half. But I didn’t really have a context for it before. And now I do.

So I don’t know how it’s all going to shake out.

The most important thing about doing things like what I’m doing right now is the opportunity or ability to connect with other people of like mind.

But how will that happen in the future? Facebook sucks. How are we going to be connected socially?

And that has huge implications politically as well. There are social movements, social justice movements, causes, things like environmental issues and so forth.

How are we going to collaborate and connect, coordinate, organize, strategize? How will that occur in the future? I don’t know.

Twitter is gone. These tech billionaires have so much money they can just buy up any technology or any platform, and if they’re in a bad mood they can just destroy it and nobody can do anything about it.

Now Pluto just re-entered Aquarius on January 20th, less than two weeks ago. So this could be one of the darker expressions of Pluto in Aquarius, is how we are going to deal with this new world of technology and the concentration of power, the monopolies, the plutocrats. The oligarchs who are undermining our means of communicating, collaborating and organizing and becoming active.

The only way around this that I can see would be some kind of open source technology that cannot be bought, influenced or purchased, no matter how much money somebody has. But I have yet to see that happen.

The only way around this that I can see would be some kind of open source technology that cannot be bought, influenced or purchased, no matter how much money somebody has.

There’s too much money at stake. It’s kind of like if somebody came up with a way to generate your own power independently and cleanly. There’s a huge incentive for the status quo players to block or limit that from becoming readily available because it would destroy their business.

So I don’t know what the answer is, but I thought I’d put that out there. Because I do understand all of these implications in ways that maybe some people don’t, because I’ve been using communications and Internet technology since the mid-1980s.

I have been working hard on my website to add quite a few episode transcripts there.

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We’re probably going to need to find ways to stay connected, and I’ve talked about that before too, a long time ago.

Please check the episode description as I always put links in there that I think are related or important.

Again, for more detail, check the episode description for other episodes or articles that are related or that I mentioned.

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Many sincere thanks to everyone who supports me, especially my YouTube members.

Thank you very much.

Take care, all the best, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

End transcript.

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Algospeak and Platphobia

I describe some concerns I have about content and social media platforms and the vulnerabilities they pose to both creators and their followers.

This episode was published on April 18, 2023 at 12:55am EDT.

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Episode transcript:

Greetings all, welcome to Aquarian Diary.

I’m your host, John Irving.

It is April 18th, 2023.

There’s a few things that have been on my mind a lot lately. And a lot of it has to do with getting reach or exposure for all this content I produce, which I put a lot of time into.

And it has been a wonderful experience in many ways. I have connected with some truly fantastic people and am forming relationships with them, which I am very grateful for.

But there have also been a lot of practical challenges. Lately I’ve been having to spend a lot of time on more administrative type things and to try and understand how to, for example, get exposure.

And as you know, I am quite critical of the status quo and my position is quite progressive, which I feel very strongly about.

I comment on social and political issues all the time that are of concern to me. And I know from speaking with many of you that you share a lot of my concerns.

However, that does create some challenges.

Because for example, on this platform, YouTube, there are a whole bunch of algorithms that determine whether you succeed or fail. And except for probably a few people who work on the coding for YouTube or programming of it, nobody really knows what those algorithms are.

We know vaguely that certain terms will trigger the algorithms and presumably penalize you for doing that. Many people have commented on this.

And so it’s kind of a bit of a crapshoot. You can discuss something and then get penalized and not even know why.

There are other problems as well, including the commenting system. I often see comments that I respond to, but that do not actually appear under the videos when other people look at them.

Furthermore, based on my channel activity, it looks like I have kind of been put in YouTube jail or shadow banned because the level of activity or the precipitous drop in it recently just doesn’t make sense.

Or the amount of subscribers I have and the amount of views some of my videos have received versus others.

So therefore I have no choice but to assume that, like I said, I’m being penalized somehow.

Of course, the content I’m producing is not mainstream. I understand that. I have zero interest in producing fluffy or superficial content. Nonetheless, there are still a significant number of people interested in the types of topics I address.

I don’t own YouTube, so it’s not my product. But these kinds of things are concerning. Because effectively what’s happening is that your exposure is governed by criteria that you have no control over, that you’re not even aware of, and therefore can’t do anything about.

Why does this matter? Well, in my case, I don’t think I have ever posted anything here on my channel that I don’t stand by. In other words, I’ve never published anything that I feel isn’t true from my perspective.

Whereas there are plenty of other channels that produce all kinds of stuff, and in many cases some of the content is demonstrably false or misleading. So there isn’t a level playing field.

And as I said, this applies to comments as well, so what’s happening is that the engagement or discussion is being undermined. And as I said, I see comments that are perfectly fine and not objectionable that literally do not appear. There’s no logic to it. So that’s problematic because I think the actual discussion and engagement between viewers or listeners and content creators is absolutely critical.

Like for example, in China, the Chinese government, an authoritarian government, has extremely strict rules around what people can search for, what words they can use, and so on. It’s very Orwellian and it’s reached totally absurd proportions where the population has to make up new terms to describe things that the Chinese government doesn’t want them talking about to get around the censors.

Well, to some degree, maybe it’s not as severe, but that is what’s happening here. These platforms are using algorithms and the algorithms don’t even actually work properly in many cases. Some of the content they are blocking is completely legitimate.

I find this quite disturbing because there’s a social component to this.

Facebook, for example, used to be a huge thing years ago and it’s lost a lot of popularity recently. But back in the day, I made many friends through Facebook, through social and political groups, that became friends of mine for many, many years. So it served a purpose back then anyway.

Another example, in Canada we have the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the CBC, which is a federally funded news organization, effectively. If you go on and comment on some of those articles, they will immediately block your comments simply because you use certain words or phrases that are often totally legitimate. It’s just that the algorithms block them automatically without considering the context.

It all has that kind of vibe of what’s happening in China. And as someone who started a social media platform before Facebook, I had a company that did this, I find this trend very disturbing. It is indiscriminate censorship in many cases.

The platforms are afraid of blowback and so they are overly cautious and it’s totally unregulated and social discourse suffers as a result.

I actually recorded the vast majority of this a few days ago and today, by chance, I actually happened to come across an article on the Conversation which addressed this very phenomenon. And there’s a term for it which is “algospeak”, language designed to get around algorithms.

So clearly there are others concerned about this as well. I’ll put a link to that in the description. Again, very Orwellian.

There’s another factor where this platform or others in the future could simply determine that they don’t want to promote or push content from a certain group of people or from people who focus on particular topics. With a few lines of code, they could completely block all those people and they would lose all of their followers, all of the engagement, all of those connections that they had established would be gone instantly.

Look at what happened to Twitter. Musk single-handedly destroyed it within less than a year. What I’m saying is this situation leaves us very vulnerable.

And I have considered other platforms but they all have challenges or difficulties. Some are really geared towards people who are highly technical, some are more obscure and not very commonly used, and so forth.

For example, there’s a Twitter alternative called Tribal but it looks like something that was designed in the 1990’s. The interface is terrible. It’s so bad that you think that it’s deliberately bad.

But my larger concern is just about how these platforms are shaping our ability to communicate, what we can communicate, and with whom. And more importantly, because content creators are trying to dodge or not trigger these mysterious algorithms that they do not fully understand, it’s forcing them to deliver their content differently than they would under ideal circumstances. So the content itself is kind of skewed or distorted because people have to play this kind of cat and mouse game for fear of censorship.

Now clearly some content should be screened but what’s happening is that content that shouldn’t is.

Again, I seem to be being penalized because presumably I have been critical of something socially or politically that may be entirely legitimate but it might have triggered some algorithm out of context. It has nothing to do with the quality of my content or the value of it.

I know how algorithms work. They are simply rules. If this, then that. If this word appears, then do that. It’s not nearly as complicated as most people think, although algorithms can be quite sophisticated.

The concept is actually quite simple. It’s all automated. It runs in the background and then your account probably gets flagged if it finds a certain word.

Like, for example, a while ago I posted on my community tab about the whole Clarence Thomas thing that was blowing up. And I linked to an entirely legitimate article talking about the billionaire that he has been associated with who is a collector of certain types of paraphernalia and in the title was a word that probably triggered the algorithm. Even though the article is accurate and factual and from a reputable source, that word is probably blacklisted.

This whole issue I find really concerning. That these platforms can shape society effectively based on their own criteria.

Now I understand that there is a lot of content out there that should be screened. The problem is the algorithms are unable to effectively discriminate between what is a legitimate abuse and what isn’t. These words are all in the dictionary. They’re completely legitimate words, so the context matters.

I was speaking with someone recently who said that under these circumstances what you should do is you should get your subscribers to unsubscribe from your channel, type your channel name into the search bar on YouTube, then resubscribe, and then just like five videos. They don’t even have to listen to the whole video, just get them to like it. And that will reset the algorithms for your channel. Because apparently this has happened to other channels.

If you want to do that, fine. I don’t want to lose any of my viewers, but if you want to try that, fine. But I do seem to be in jail.

But like I said, this points to a larger concern. That we are very dependent on these companies who at any time could make any one of us completely redundant regardless of how much we have invested into our equipment, our production, the hundreds if not thousands of hours we have put into building up our channels. And that disturbs me. It’s almost like we need a plan B so that if that happens or when that happens we have a backup plan.

Montana, I believe it’s Montana, just this week completely banned TikTok and they want to fine companies for distributing the app.

I am not a fan of TikTok. I actually loathe things like shorts where like what can you actually convey in 60 seconds that has any real value. Nothing. It’s all a part of the dumbing down of society. I think short attention spans is a huge cultural problem.

And there are concerns about the Chinese government gaining access to user data.

But the point is, is that at any time some state could ban a platform that they don’t like. And again, this has kind of an Orwellian vibe about it.

I’m just putting this out there because I think it’s something that people need to think about.

I have a website. I have a podcast. I actually encourage everyone to also subscribe to my podcast because I’m mostly just doing audio and a lot of the content I listen to is podcasts. I like podcasts.

But we should have redundancies. You could have a whole social movement completely wiped out.

I mean, yes, there are some people on the right who do not like my content and they’ve complained about it, if not trolled me at times, because they want me to shut up, basically. But I don’t care. I know who I am and where I stand and I expect that.

Who knows, maybe there’s somebody with a political bias who works for one of these platforms, and they decide they don’t like you or your content, and the next thing you know, you’re completely obscure.

I also think we’re going to see more and more governments trying to interfere with tech platforms. And that really concerns me because a lot of these politicians actually know nothing about technology. A lot of them are older and they have a very simplistic understanding of how the internet actually works.

But they don’t know that. They think they know how it works, but they don’t. And so they are prone to make really stupid decisions.

Like we have something going on in Canada now where the government wants to control what content is being delivered to people and how. And I find the whole thing completely idiotic.

There was nothing wrong with the way things are. And in fact, the way they’re handling it is going to benefit large established media organizations mostly. It’s not actually going to benefit people. It’ll protect the status quo and those big corporations who own significant media companies.

So anyway, stuff for you to think about.

This could be one of the negative expressions of Pluto transiting Aquarius, that you get a bunch of technocrats determining how we communicate and collaborate. And their own biases and prejudices may dictate how we can do that. And or it could be motivated by financial interests.

We really need some kind of open source platform that doesn’t suck, that is not tied to any particular company.

Like I actually have very significant concerns about the conglomeration of power within certain companies and organizations as it stands already. We have what are effectively a lot of monopolies and I find that very disturbing. There are a lot of powerful people who are very vested in the status quo and the status quo is literally not sustainable.

So that’s that.

If you want to experiment and unsubscribe, you got to do it in this order apparently. You unsubscribe from my channel, you type in my name Aquarian Diary into the search function on YouTube, you find my channel, you resubscribe, and then you just have to like four or five videos. You don’t have to watch them all, you just have to like them. Apparently that is one of the magic tricks to resolve these issues.

If you want to support my channel, you can book an astrology reading with me. I’ll put a link to that in the description.

Take care, all the best, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

End episode transcript.

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Addendum July 2, 2023:
This episode of the Future Tense podcast (via ABC Australia) was published some 2 1/2 months after I published this episode of Aquarian Diary. It describes the phenomenon I articulated here in more technical, broad — and even more concerning — terms. Link: Cory Doctorow: Platform capitalism and the curse of “enshittification”

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