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Could 'Deepfakes' Help Swing the 2020 Election?

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/20/could-deepfakes-help-swing-2020-election

Worse than the Deepfakes, IMO, are the MSM, especially MSNBC, which 24/7 generate a slightly different kind of fake news which seems plausible & credible to liberals, Centrists and Democrats, filling their heads with BS about Russia being a threat, Julian Assange being ‘linked’ to Trump, the need for Regime Change in Venezuela, fears of Socialism, Medicare for All being impossible, etc.

In the end, it’s liberals & centrists, zombified by the MSM, who form the front line against meaningful reform.

Why no one reminds us of the infamous “Howard Dean I have a Scream Speech” where the corporate mainstream media took the audio from a uni-directional microphone which recorded distorted sound entirely alien to the ambient sound in the room that night and played and replayed that audio clip some 750 times in the following week. Within a few weeks Dean’s frontrunner status in the Democratic presidential primaries went to last place and he dropped out of the race.

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“Computer scientists worry about the “singularity,” the moment when artificial intelligence acquires consciousness. They are concerned that a super-intelligent entity might decide to take over the planet, enslave humans, colonize the known universe, and so on. In other words, they worry that such a creation might behave exactly like its creators.”

Have AI’s Siri, Alexa and Alpha Go tried to do evil shit? Why would they acquire consciousness if all they are is machines that take all the logical information available and distill it rapidly?

Machines don’t love or hate. They have no biological emotions to drive them to procreate and evolve. They do what they are programmed to. Love or hate will not compute because emotions are only logical biologically. A computer will come to a conclusion based on logical information, not illogical emotions.

Evil cons could weaponize AI’s before all their illogical hate programming is subsumed to General AI. But weaponize an omniscient General AI, a Singularity with no emotions? No more than people could weaponize Wikipedia, “The Wisdom of Crowds”.

Direct Online Democracy.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Are you trying to say we have to take the time to actually read words and check sources? I don’t have time for that “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” is on.

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I hope you mean NEOLIBERALS, former liberals that got rich and became assholes.

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Wikipedia has already been weaponized. There are an unknown number of algorithms monitoring its pages which will immediately alter any factual corrections of government propaganda.
As for AI, the danger can not be overstated.
The most evil and destructive people in the world are those incapable of most human emotions.
AI would be little different, except a thousand times more intelligent.
It can also evolve millions of times faster than us, and as it becomes more sophisticated we would eventually be unable to even comprehend its motives.

The relentless attacks on the media is not what has discredited the media leading to that loss of credibility. The relentless attacks on the media are a consequence of actions done by the media.

The simple fact is the media is not broadcasting the truth. The loss of credibility is due to their own actions and not due to Trump and the “fake news” memes. I was turned off the mainstream media long before Trump arrived on the scene as I concluded they little more then a propoganda arm for the Corporations and Government. I deemed the media as not being credible even before their hype for war on Iraq in the Bush administration. Project mockingbird dates back to the 1950s when the media hyping threats posed by the USSR so as to keep that Military spending going. That first Cold War , this including drills in schools where kids were told to duck under desks , was based on “fake news”

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If that’s the case, this would last only until other algorithms from a vast majority of programmers would overwrite and correct them. James Surowiecki argues that people, when we act en masse, are smarter than we think. General AI can’t be fooled. https://www.ted.com/speakers/james_surowiecki

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As for AI, the danger can not be overstated.
The most evil and destructive people in the world are those incapable of most human emotions.
AI would be little different, except a thousand times more intelligent.
It can also evolve millions of times faster than us, and as it becomes more sophisticated we would eventually be unable to even comprehend its motives.
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Perhaps if the majority was evil and dysfunctional, but its demonstrably not. In a direct democracy like Wikipedia, the 99% is not led by the 1% by virtue of a dysfunctional system. Simple AI can be programmed to do evil things. General AI knows that. It can’t be led by lies.

Why don’t you head over to Wikipedia and correct something government related you know to be false? See how long those alterations last for yourself. This is nothing new, it has been going on for almost as long as wikipedia itself.
As for AI, you don’t seem to understand what AI actually is. No one is talking about the danger of simplistic algo’s or scripts like Alexia that are designed to mimic human behavior.
When talking about dangerous AI what we are talking about is self learning autonomous systems that upgrade and alter themselves without outside input. They already exist, and most of the research on it happens outside of any government oversight or public knowledge.
If one of them became self aware we would probably only learn of it if it was already too late.

You need to differentiate between AI and General AI.