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For the last century we have had the luxury of being able to rely on photos, video and audio for a recorded understanding of truth. But for most of human history, trust and truth were far more complicated. World events couldn’t be directly observed.

Surprisingly, after just a brief period of being able to trust recordings we find ourselves on a clear path back in time. Technology, particularly artificial intelligence, is taking away our ability to directly observe truth. It is becoming as easy to create fake but believable images, video, and even audio as it is to create text with false claims today.

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