1916 for the Media

Is it the Battle of Verdun for the Media?

In 1916 the French fought the Germans around the town of Verdun. The battle took from February to December. There were perhaps a million casualties (reports are hard to verify from those days). The lines at the end of the battle were much the same as at the beginning.

I’ve been seeing extremely convincing AI video in the last few days. It was already pretty good, but is getting very lifelike. At least as lifelike as TikTok “influencers” ever are. One will be able to make one’s own virtual girl very soon. If you are on the cutting edge, you can do it already! I am told that there are AI OnlyFans models currently working and making money. It seems like an inflection point.

You can’t believe anything you see!

Let me repeat:

You can’t believe anything you see! At least, not anything you see on a screen.

Consider what this does to the media. In 1916 the machine gun met the trench and led to stalemate. The technologies were matched. You could spend lots of lives and gain nothing. In modern media, you can spend lots of money and saturate the market with your images and videos, but nobody will believe them. It’s like the trench and the machine gun. If all videos can be faked by anyone with a laptop, then no videos can be believed. No one sensible will ever believe anything that comes from the news.

The only thing you will be able to believe will be those things that you see with your own eyes or feel with your own fingers. The horizon of information will shrink, just as the horizon of battle shrank to the trench in 1916.

At least, until they get you to put a chip in your head. At that point, you won’t even be able believe your own eyes anymore.

One thought on “1916 for the Media”

  1. You’d think that nobody would believe it, but it seems not to be the case so far with how one can create “facts” out of thin air. They are fairly easy to debunk, but so few care to.

    Just look at Trump’s 2016 campaign. Regardless of whether he was worth a vote or not, it was bordering on laughable to see how nearly every smear attempt was demonstrably false with just the most basic level of Google-fu. He might have been horrible, but not the ways his enemies tried to portray him.

    But you will still hear, and not just for those paid to say so, the same “quotes” and accusations thrown around as if they were Gospel truth.

    It seems to me that skepticism is only afforded to what people already decided that they don’t want to believe.

    I do wonder how AI will affect other aspects of people’s lives. Imagine being a private investigator and, instead of having to actually catch a cheater, you just AI the “proof”.

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