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Submission + - SPAM: Fake Videos and the End of Reality

yagoda writes: As covered on slashdot here recently, deepfake — videos are on their way to become more and more ubiquitios and realistic. This article in 'The Atlantic' reviews the coming changes from a more societal point of view.
The internet has always contained the seeds of postmodern hell. Mass manipulation, from clickbait to Russian bots to the addictive trickery that governs Facebook’s News Feed, is the currency of the medium.
Social media have helped bring on a new era, enabling individuated encounters with the news that confirm biases and sieve out contravening facts.
But soon this may seem an age of innocence. We’ll shortly live in a world where our eyes routinely deceive us. Put differently, we’re not so far from the collapse of reality.
Perhaps society will find ways to cope with these changes. Maybe we’ll learn the skepticism required to navigate them. Thus far, however, human beings have displayed a near-infinite susceptibility to getting duped and conned—falling easily into worlds congenial to their own beliefs or self-image, regardless of how eccentric or flat-out wrong those beliefs may be.

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