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message 1: by Tom (last edited Mar 18, 2018 11:41AM) (new)

Tom Wood (tom_wood) | 77 comments Mod
This doesn't sound like a good idea to me, but maybe it's the reality of the situation we live with. The fact that this article exists, along with the easily accessible toolset that it discusses, is straight out of a cyberpunk story plot.

https://www.shellypalmer.com/2018/03/...

From the article:

"This is an arms race. It will never end. At the moment, the bad guys (and it is unclear who they are) are winning because the good guys aren’t putting up much of a fight. Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other tier 1 tech companies are trying their best to identify what is real and what is fake, but AI is making it harder and harder to distinguish between a human and a machine.

What happens next? It’s time to get serious about this. You now have a good idea of what anyone can do with off-the-shelf technology. Let’s get everyone educated as quickly as possible so we can have substantive discussions about defense. Otherwise, we are doomed to fight an endless war of narrative vs. counternarrative until we enter the post-post-truth era."


message 2: by Gary (new)

Gary Ballard (gary_ballard) | 27 comments Not to get too political (hint: I love getting political), one thing that countries can do to battle this long-term is public education focused on critical thinking skills as well as intensive history studies. Being unable to distinguish bullshit from truth takes effort and the ability to question sources, which you don't get from an educational system that only rewards passing standardized tests. It wouldn't hurt if government officials from differing viewpoints actually learned how to work together again, but at least in the US, we only have one political party willing to try to govern, while the other has decided that the government only exists for their donors to rob.


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