Disinformation Exists and Is Dangerous

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“What the World Wide Web did from the mid-1990s and social media from the first decade of the 21st century was to allow anybody to broadcast to the world ideas and disinformation alike at very low cost (at the limit, only the speaker’s or repeater’s time). AI is further reducing this cost: one does not even need to know how to write (that is, to put words one after the other in a coherent discourse) to produce disinformation. … Past a certain point, no free (or more or less free) society could be maintained. An auto-regulated social order must collapse when a certain proportion of its members become hopelessly confused between what is true and what is false, or come to believe that truth does not exist.” (05/10/24)