Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, and the Threat of an Artificially Intelligent Hate-Bot

Source: Quillette
by James D Miller

“Fake news isn’t new. More than a century ago, newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer helped stir up enthusiasm for war against Spain by hyping the dubious claim that Spanish agents had used explosives to sink the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. The cry of ‘Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain!’ even became a battle slogan. But social media and other new technologies make the spread of fake news easier. Now everyone, not just government propagandists and major mass-media magnates, can get in on the action. That includes hostile foreign powers. And it remains an open question as to whether tech-supercharged fake news will make democracy seem incompatible with a free and open media environment.” (11/04/21)