And to demonstrate exactly how absurd the problem is, a new AI called Grover, developed by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Washington (and spotted by AI Weirdness), allows you to enter a headline, and it will generate hundreds of words of convincing, fake text that looks like it belongs in the New York Times or on CNN. Luckily for you, the researchers put Grover’s fake news generator online for anyone to try. And let me say, from personal experience, that it can create some doozies. For a test, I wrote the headline: “Why Donald Trump Eats 100 Cheeseburgers a Day.” This is an article that even I, a journalist, don’t know how I’d go about writing. It is, after all, a pure fiction. Grover, however, seems to relish the challenge: “In an interview this year with Dr. Phil McGraw, the television host, Trump told his story of becoming a self-described ‘buffet freak’ after watching the Jamie … [Read more...] about This AI generates fake news about anything you want. Try it!
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Earlier this month, a video clip surfaced on Instagram of Mark Zuckerberg delivering a short, troubling speech. In it, he touched on Facebook’s foreboding power and argued that control of data means control of the future. There was only one problem: The video wasn’t real. It was a “deepfake” otherwise known as a video depicting someone’s likeness to show something that didn’t actually happen. The Zuckerberg clip was just the latest in a string of recent deepfakes circulating online. It was created by two artists who also generated one of Kim Kardashian. It’s getting easier by the day to produce deepfakes, as well as to share them. Earlier this year, President Trump also made headlines when he tweeted a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stammering through a news conference. Consequently, Congress recently held a hearing to discuss the threat. This is just the latest indicator of the “post-trust era.” The term was coined … [Read more...] about This is how to fight fake news at work in a post-trust era
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE April 25, 2019, 4:54 PM UTC By Claire Atkinson Whether it's faking a letter from a chief executive to alter a corporate strategy, or staging a car crash to imply a faulty vehicle, fake news that generates headlines can — and has — hurt a company’s bottom line, pushing the stock price down and setting off a public relations nightmare that is, in many cases, irreversible. Now, many companies are striking back, hiring third-party firms with an army of human monitors and the latest artificial intelligence to trawl social and traditional media in search of viral posts that could send shares into a downward spiral. “Containing the spread of disinformation, especially for a brand or public figure under attack, is a race against time,” said Jean-Claude Goldenstein, founder of CREOpoint and developer of a business … [Read more...] about Fake news can cause ‘irreversible damage’ to companies — and sink their stock price
The newspaper industry in Chattanooga dates back the late 19th Century, but it was three individuals born in the 20th Century that shaped the current legacy of the Times Free Press, which celebrates its 150th birthday in 2019. Roy Ketner McDonald, Ruth Holmberg and Walter Hussman Jr. each owned, or in Hussman's case owns, a family-owned newspaper business, and the combination of the three have reported news and shaped public opinion for generations of residents of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. "Each of these leaders made their own unique mark on the newspaper industry," said Alison Gerber, Times Free Press editor and director of content. "Their legacies are marked by a commitment to what they believe and the community they serve." McDonald turned an advertising circular into the Chattanooga News Free Press in 1933 and was chairman of the board of the Chattanooga Publishing Company, a company formed when his newspaper and the Chattanooga Times entered a joint operating … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: What was in the news on birthdays of paper’s VIPs?
In 2018, many of the major tech companies found themselves embroiled in scandal, or otherwise under serious scrutiny. But look beyond the headlines: These are the issues and trends bubbling beneath the surface, that will come into play in a big way in 2019. From Apple’s struggles in China, to the resurgent Microsoft, to the potential decline and fall of the video game console, here are the issues you shouldn’t sleep on in the new year. Tech companies experienced a tumultuous year marked by controversies, competition, political backlash and a volatile stock market. Many of those challenges are likely to continue into the new year, even as a new generation of products and innovation are set to take the stage. Which products, or challenges, will be the most significant in 2019? It probably won’t be the ones everyone is expecting. New developments, shifting strategies and complete surprises are likely to determine the year ahead as much as anything already underway. … [Read more...] about The 7 most overlooked issues that will make or break tech companies in 2019