Tag: journalism

  • Can we still handle the truth? Journalism, ‘alternative facts’ and the rise of AI – The Guardian

    “We got elected on Drain the Swamp, Lock Her Up, Build a Wall. This was pure anger. Anger and fear is what gets people to the polls,” Steve Bannon told Bloomberg’s Michael Lewis. “The Democrats don’t matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.” The news cycle was already moving too fast, already angry and partisan, but flooding the zone went further, aiming to deliberately overwhelm people with conflicting information to the point where they gave up on ever finding the truth, or turned off news altogether, or chose to blindly follow a side, a team. And once people identify with a side, once opinions become integrated into an understanding of personal belonging, they are heavily and instinctively motivated not to assess available information but rather to seek out information that supports their team view, which, on the internet, is always possible to find. […]

    The obvious potential [of AI] is for a torrent of unreliable information that would leave Steve Bannon in the shade, vast quantities of articles, books and reviews so laced with mistakes and falsehoods that we completely lose sight of where truth lies and consumers of news and information are even more baffled and overwhelmed and potentially misinformed than they were before. As Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism and Guardian board member, wrote this year: “The real peril lies outside the world of instantaneous deception, which can be easily debunked, and in the area of creating both confusion and exhaustion by ‘flooding the zone’ with material that overwhelms the truth or at least drowns out more balanced perspectives.

  • Irish Times apologises for hoax AI article about women’s use of fake tan – The Guardian

    The statement on Sunday confirmed Ireland’s paper of record had been duped. “As in any 24/7 news operation, some days we do better than others. But last Thursday we got it badly wrong,” said Mac Cormaic. “It was a hoax; the person we were corresponding with was not who they claimed to be.” […] They said they used GPT-4 to create approximately 80% of the article and the image generator Dalle-E 2 to create a profile picture of a quintessential “woke” journalist using the prompts “female, overweight, blue hair, business casual clothing, smug expression”. The hoax’s goal was “to give my friends a laugh” and “to stir the shit” in the debate about identity politics.

  • “This story is so funny and so bleak” – Paolo Pedercini: Twitter

    This story is so funny and so bleak. But also, this kind of “exploring a dead virtual world” articles used to be written a decade or so after the hype, back in Second Life times.

  • People are creating records of fake historical events using AIVice
    In another post, a user named FinewithIX, whose real name is Jordan Rhone, posted a collage of four AI-generated images that depicted “Staging the Moon Landing, 1969.” The images mimicked the grainier, film quality of photos taken in the late 60s and showed the behind-the-scenes of people filming and photographing a fake moon landing. Users immediately responded to the image with concerns about how Midjourney and other text-to-image generators can now be weaponized by conspiracy theorists to spread false historical information. “Yet another example of how MJ will fuel conspiracy theories. What a time to be alive!” user charismactivist commented on the post.

  • AI images visualizing Trump’s arrest send internet into a frenzyHyperallergic
    Last week, Donald Trump shared a baseless proclamation that he would be indicted Tuesday, March 21, over alleged hush money payments to adult entertainment star Stormy Daniels. That hasn’t happened, but hilarious artificial intelligence-generated images visualizing the former president’s fantasies of being dragged away by police in front of the cameras have been circulating on social media for the past few days.

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