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Issue #97 – Real Fake Newsletter

Sander Duivestein
January 10, 2023

The Reality Coup II

“Looking towards the future, the potential threat to Brazil’s democratic institutions by the rise of a right-wing presence on Twitter worries Michele Prado, an independent researcher on the rise of the far-right in Brazil. ‘Elon Musk has rehabilitated profiles of highly harmful extremists. This legitimizes extremist content and … in the short term, provides content that further radicalizes people on the extreme right — people who are joining demonstrations [in front of army barracks], calling for a military coup to break with the democratic order.’”

This was a week before the coup… We haven’t learned anything. It’s the “Reality Coup” all over again.

Could A Robot Ever Recreate The Aura Of A Leonardo Da Vinci Masterpiece?

“The kind of artificial intelligence we might imagine replacing artists – an entirely autonomous creative robot capable of human-like imagination and expression – does not yet exist, but it is coming. And as AI becomes more ubiquitous, artists, illustrators and designers will ultimately be set apart not by if, but by how, they use the technology.”

Why ChatGPT Is Not A Threat To Google Search

“From what it looks, ChatGPT or other similar LLMs will become complementary to online search engines. And they will probably end up strengthening the position of current search giants who have the money, infrastructure, and data to train and run them.”

Interesting thought, that ChatGPT will only strengthen the position of Google.

What TikTok Told Us About The Economy In 2022

Internet trends — the ones that took off and the apps we’ve come to rely on — illustrate how people are responding to a new and evolving normal. […] The jobs data made it clear that the labor market was out of balance, but it was social discussion that showed just how much. […] But another big trend of the year — buying used clothes, #thrifted — may have more accurately captured the year’s changing economic energy. Clothing store sales are slowing down, official data show, and falling outright if you subtract out apparel inflation.”

Nice article, but it is written with hindsight, it would make life a lot easier if these social media insights could be turned into foresight… Because let’s be honest, haven’t we been preaching this idea for several years now?

Awesome ChatGPT Prompts

“Welcome to the “Awesome ChatGPT Prompts” repository! This is a collection of prompt examples to be used with the ChatGPT model.”

For example: “I want you to act as an English translator, spelling corrector and improver. I will speak to you in any language and you will detect the language, translate it and answer in the corrected and improved version of my text, in English. I want you to replace my simplified A0-level words and sentences with more beautiful and elegant, upper level English words and sentences. Keep the meaning same, but make them more literary. I want you to only reply the correction, the improvements and nothing else, do not write explanations.”

Man Takes A Selfie Every Day For 15 Years

“When Jordan Wilson was just 13 years old, he decided to take a photo of himself every day. For the next 15 years of his life, Wilson captured a photograph of himself, in the same pose, from the same angle and distance, every single day. The final product is a stunning stop-motion video that Wilson began on December 25, 2007, and goes all the way up to December 25, 2022.”

We can all relate to this video, because the passage of time is an experience we all share with each other.

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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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