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Issue #110 – Real Fake Newsletter

Thijs Pepping
May 09, 2023

The Future Is Generated

Just a thought. In the near future all pixels and sounds will be generated by AI in realtime in a highly personalized manner. There will be no shared reality anymore. Utopia or dystopia?

‘The Godfather of A.I.’ Leaves Google and Warns of Danger Ahead

His immediate concern is that the internet will be flooded with false photos, videos and text, and the average person will “not be able to know what is true anymore. He is also worried that A.I. technologies will in time upend the job market. […] Down the road, he is worried that future versions of the technology pose a threat to humanity because they often learn unexpected behavior from the vast amounts of data they analyze. This becomes an issue, he said, as individuals and companies allow A.I. systems not only to generate their own computer code but actually run that code on their own. And he fears a day when truly autonomous weapons — those killer robots — become reality.”

AI Is About To Make Social Media (Much) More Toxic

“The first and most obvious threat is that AI-enhanced social media will wash ever-larger torrents of garbage into our public conversation. […] The second threat we see is the widespread, skillful manipulation of people by AI super-influencers—including personalized influencers—rather than by ordinary people and “dumb” bots. […] The third threat is in some ways an extension of the second, but it bears special mention: The further integration of AI into social media is likely to be a disaster for adolescents. […] The fourth threat we see is that AI will strengthen authoritarian regimes, just as social media ended up doing despite its initial promise as a democratizing force.”

How Scientists Are Using AI to Talk to Animals

“Portable sensors and artificial intelligence are helping researchers decode animal communication—and begin to talk back to nonhumans.”

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About the author

Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Thijs Pepping is a humanistic trend analyst in the field of new technologies. He is part of the think tank within SogetiLabs and in his work he continuously wonders and analyses what the impact of New Technologies is on our lives, organizations and society. He specialized in Humanistic Counselling and Education at the University of Humanistics in Utrecht and worked for five years with autistic chi

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