Tuesday, December 24, 2019

'Teetering on the Brink of the End of Reality'

In a TED talk (TEDxCERN) we learn How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation - we hope.

Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly – citing one of the largest studies on misinformation – and identifies five strategies to help us unweave the tangled web between true and false.

If you think it’s bad now, get set for it becoming worse. Aral explains technological developments that will challenge our societal ability to distinguish fake from fact.

Have we reached a technological singularity? Wikipedia explains: “The technological singularity – also, simply, the singularity – is a hypothetical future point in time when technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.” It sometimes feels that way when confronted with the barrage of fake news.

You do need to watch Aral’s TED talk. And then connect it to our current political polarity and the practitioners of fake news - Trump and the Russians immediately come to mind but they are not the only purveyors of misinformation.

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