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He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
“In the next two, three, four years we’re going to have to plan for hobbyist propagandists who can make a fortune by creating highly realistic, photo realistic simulations,” Justin Hendrix, the executive director of NYC Media Lab, told BuzzFeed News. “And should those attempts work, and people come to suspect that there's no underlying reality to media artifacts of any kind, then we're in a really difficult place. It'll only take a couple of big hoaxes to really convince the public that nothing’s real.”
fake-news  reality  news  ai  propaganda  future  black-mirror  media  hoaxes  dystopia 
4 days ago by jm
He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
We’re closer than one might think to a potential “Infocalypse.” Already available tools for audio and video manipulation have begun to look like a potential fake news Manhattan Project. In the murky corners of the internet, people have begun using machine learning algorithms and open-source software to easily create pornographic videos that realistically superimpose the faces of celebrities — or anyone for that matter — on the adult actors’ bodies. At institutions like Stanford, technologists have built programs that that combine and mix recorded video footage with real-time face tracking to manipulate video. Similarly, at the University of Washington computer scientists successfully built a program capable of “turning audio clips into a realistic, lip-synced video of the person speaking those words.” As proof of concept, both the teams manipulated broadcast video to make world leaders appear to say things they never actually said.
fake-news  journalism  algorithm 
5 days ago by robertocarroll
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all.
Facebook  addiction  Content  misinformation  feudalism  filter  bubble  fake-news 
6 days ago by PieroRivizzigno
How Joy Reid of MSNBC Became a Heroine of the Resistance - The New York Times
“Our prime directive is to constantly remind people that this is not normal and not to allow it to become mundane,” Ms. Reid said of the Trump presidency.
the-new-york-times  joy-reid  profiles  donald-trump  laura-m-holson  fake-news 
7 days ago by yolandaenoch
Dystopia For Sale: How a Commercialized Genre Lost its Teeth
“Dystopia used to be a fiction of resistance,” author and historian Jill Lepore wrote for the New Yorker in June, “[now] it’s become a fiction of submission, the fiction of an untrusting, lonely, and sullen 21st century, the fiction of fake news and infowars, the fiction of helplessness and hopelessness.” Lepore continues: "[Dystopia] cannot imagine a better future, and it doesn’t ask anyone to bother to make one. It nurses grievances and indulges resentments; it doesn’t call for courage; it finds that cowardice suffices. Its only admonition is: Despair more. It appeals to both the left and the right, because, in the end, it requires so little by way of literary, political, or moral imagination, asking only that you enjoy the company of people whose fear of the future aligns comfortably with your own."
dystopia  collapse  fiction  resistance  imaginaries  fake-news  infowars  2018  Jill-Lepore 
10 days ago by zzkt
WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg’s other headache - Social media and misinformation
Some patterns are becoming clear, however. Misinformation often spreads via group chats, which people join voluntarily and whose members—family, colleagues, friends, neighbours—they trust. That makes rumours more believable. Misinformation does not always come in the form of links, but often as forwarded texts and videos, which look the same as personal messages, lending them a further veneer of legitimacy. And since users often receive the same message in multiple groups, constant repetition makes them more believable yet.
fake-news  journalism  chatbot 
14 days ago by robertocarroll
'Fiction is outperforming reality': how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth
"no matter which political side the researcher started from, the platform pushed pro-Trump, anti-Clinton videos."
youtube  truth  fake-news  conspiracy-theories  google  algorithms  politics  brexit  trump 
14 days ago by jm
Il braccialetto e l'innovazione
Dirò solo ai giornali che non hanno alcun titolo ad inondarci con i loro fiumi di parole sulle fake news se loro stessi oggi mostrano di esserne i primi e più convinti produttori...
fake-news  readings 
15 days ago by aldolat
Echt jetzt?: Die Tricks von Fake News-Machern durchschauen | Fake-News-Tricks | Stimmt das? | so geht MEDIEN
Flüchtlinge pinkeln an eine Kirchenwand? Nein, sie beten. Ein öffentlicher deutscher Bus ist vollbesetzt mit Frauen in Burkas? Nein, es sind tatsächlich nur geschickt fotografierte leere Bussitze. Warum streuen manche solche Fake News? Und was können die anrichten?
fake-news  medienkompetenz 
18 days ago by thot
Fake News Challenge
Exploring how artificial intelligence technologies could be leveraged to combat fake news.
fake-news  machine-learning 
23 days ago by tonyyet
Watch JoyAnn Reid Not Allow Trump Stan Derail Panel
Via Jemelle Hill: I’m starting to think “what we not gone do” is the new “on everything I love.” Because nothing good happens after either phrase is uttered. Exhibit A: (shithole comment)
jemelle-hill  joyann-reid  donald-trump  fake-news  media  politics  clinton-foundation  haiti  stephanie-hamill 
4 weeks ago by yolandaenoch

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