John Wilder has a solid post this morning concerning a topic that has been talked about for a long time and also is fodder for many a sci-fi movie but that has really taken off of late: artificial intelligence
From his post…
As it is, the quality of what’s being created is growing. Online, what’s the problem with creating an A.I. generated hottie, and then posing her up on Only Fans® (if you’re not familiar, it’s a place where thirsty simps can give millions of dollars to scantily clad trollops)? One post I read while researching A.I. indicates that someone has done exactly that, and makes around $200 a week, though I don’t have any evidence that is true.
I have seen some incredibly realistic renditions of people already and it isn’t a huge leap to make still pictures mimic human behavior, speech patterns and expressions. I commented on John’s post:
Imagine what this means for the “media”. The old saying is seeing is believing but now they can AI generate any “news” they want. Instead of people wandering around the Capitol, they can create a realistic video of people attacking Congresscritters or burning stuff. In an era when we already can’t believe what we are being told, what happens when they can make the “news” be anything they want?
With AI there is no limit to the “news footage” They can create anything at will and if there is video evidence of you doing something, who is a jury going to believe? A racist like me or their lying eyes?
Way back in 1987 this was predicted in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man. Playing Ben Richards, Arnold is imprisoned for shooting at an unarmed crowd of protesters but in reality he had refused the order to fire on them. The government then changed the film of the incident to make it look like Arnold had actually disobeyed orders to stand down and fired on the crowd…
That is just selective editing but when hundreds of millions of people have uploaded countless photos and videos of themselves on social media? How hard could it be for AI to create a completely realistic video of you doing whatever they want to show you doing? When you then consider that millions of people have also voluntarily submitted DNA samples to various private firms, it would be easy as pie to plant your DNA at a crime scene and provide “surveillance footage” of you committing that crime.
We are conditioned to believe video. If the news just makes a claim we can be skeptical but when we see it playing out in front of us? Most people are just going to accept it for what it seems to be. It would seem a simple matter to create an AI rendition of Trump saying nigger while smoking meth with a Russian hooker peeing on him.
All of the nightmare scenarios from dystopian fiction are coming true right before our eyes. If you can’t believe what you read, what you hear or what you see, what exactly can you believe? Only what is observed directly first hand by you or someone you trust.
I guess that is what we call progress.