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Issue #117 – Real Fake Newsletter

Sander Duivestein
June 27, 2023

The TikTok Search for the Titanic Sub

“The way it played on social media seemed highly predictable: The memes and jokes. The calls for empathy. The backlash to the calls for empathy. The backlash to the backlash.”

Tragedies can be good business on social media.

Barack Obama Slams Coverage of Missing Titanic Submersible

These Images Aren’t Real, But For Some Refugees They Depict A Painful Truth

“Artificial intelligence was used to build images from statements filed for a now-abandoned court case, edited by a designer working with refugees to refine the details. The result is the closest rendition to date of memories etched in the minds of people who arrived in Australian waters by boat and were detained by Australia on remote islands under deals struck with foreign governments to process their immigration claims.”

Reality Is Broken. We Have AI Photos to Blame.

Welcome to our new reality, where nothing is real. We now have photos initially captured with cameras that AI changes into something that never was. […] Extreme photo editing isn’t new—it has been the domain of Photoshop masters for decades. But advancements in AI image models now let those of us who struggle with stick figures do it too. […] We’re headed for a time when we won’t be able to tell how manipulated a photo is, what parts are real or fake.”

Nikon Natural Intelligence

Trends Have Lost All Meaning

“Trends once meant meaningful social change: an emerging and defining collective thought, behaviour, value, or attitude. A shift in society. But today, […] trends lost their meaning. […] Trends are trending. And the trending is seen as trends. It’s a mess. For this reason, we need to break up with trends as we currently know them.”


“Whether your name is Joan or not, you are the star of the show. Take or upload a photo of yourself and you could be the next star of Streamberry!”

Make yourself awful! Probably the best new episode of the dystopic television series Black Mirror.


Made in Second Life: The Movie

Second Life is 20 years old. To celebrate this event the above movie was created.

Mechanical Apple Watch

About the author

Trend Watcher – New Media, Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Sander Duivestein (1971) is a highly acclaimed and top-rated trendwatcher, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker, a digital business entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor on disruptive innovations. His main focus is the impact of new technologies on people, businesses and society.


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