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Issue #112 – Real Fake Newsletter

Menno van Doorn
May 23, 2023

How TikTok Took Over The Menu

“The most important social-media food genre of the past decade is photos of avocado toast, bright and colorful and clean. But innovation is relentless, and the high-contrast gaze has been pushed off the timeline by videos.”

The Problem With Counterfeit People

“Today, for the first time in history, thanks to artificial intelligence, it is possible for anybody to make counterfeit people who can pass for real in many of the new digital environments we have created. These counterfeit people are the most dangerous artifacts in human history, capable of destroying not just economies but human freedom itself. Before it’s too late (it may well be too late already) we must outlaw both the creation of counterfeit people and the “passing along” of counterfeit people. The penalties for either offense should be extremely severe, given that civilization itself is at risk.”

I think there is a simple solution for counterfeit people, make it mandatory to disclose that it is an AI.

Here’s How AI Will Come for Your Job

“Instead of being replaced by robots, office workers will soon be pressured to act more like robots themselves. […] The promise of artificial intelligence is automation, and the promise of automation is to remove friction from the process of production—of typing words, of crunching numbers, of synthesizing information. […] Creativity is an inefficient, nonlinear process. The joy and the magic are in the friction. Productivity is, in many ways, its opposite. And AI is, above all else, a fully realized productivity tool with a mandate to eliminate friction wherever possible. AI is coming for our jobs, our creativity, and our culture—just probably not in the ways you expect.”

The Disappearing White-Collar Job

“Companies are rethinking the value of many white-collar roles, in what some experts anticipate will be a permanent shift in labor demand that will disrupt the work life of millions of Americans whose jobs will be lost, diminished or revamped partly through the use of artificial intelligence.”

Have Smartphones Replaced Cameras?

“The concept of billions of people having an AI model in their pocket, generating everything they can dream of (and uploading much of it to a global superbrain), is only a decade away. We live in crazy times.”

The Future Ahead Will Be Weird AF (The Ultimate AI CoreCore Experience)

Tesla Bot Update

Introducing Our New Project Starline Prototype

Drag Your GAN

About the author

Director and Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Menno is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). He mixes personal life experiences with the findings of the 19 years of research done at the VINT Research Institute. Menno has co-authored many books on the impact of new technology on business and society.


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