The Future of Truth

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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But it isn’t going to be easy. After a honeymoon century where we could trust primary images, video, and audio—and the sanctity of the internet—we are going to have to start working harder for the truth. Technology gives, and technology takes away.

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