Transition From A Default Trust To Default Skeptic Society-All About Machine Learning And Artificial Intelligence
by Pushp Kumar Dutt on December 5, 2018
There is no doubt that technological innovations have changed our world for the better. And, new forms of machine learning and artificial intelligence will continue to shape our society in the times to come.
Let us have a close look at how the widespread generation and manipulation of digital assets will soon manifest in the daily life of all of us.
The primary takeaway is:
We are getting into the transition mode from a default trust society to a default skeptic society. Putting it another way, humans today may be largely trusting what they see or hear but they are not likely to keep the same trust with them tomorrow
What brought skepticism to enter into our society?
We all have seen a shift towards skepticism before our very eyes. A decade back, people used to believe what was told to them and they could see in relative high fidelity. However, Photoshop made everyone skeptical about incomprehensible images. Popular things like internet, smartphones, and social media may have their own benefits but they have contributed to the rise of “fake news” and clickbait. In other words, they have made our society increasingly more skeptical about content on the internet and even the platforms that push it.
All of this actually started with the emergence of creative editing tools and it has now transited to a data-driven and influenced understanding of human reactions, behaviors, and understanding and how they want to consume information. This process often ends with how the scalability in creating and manipulating all types of audio and video assets can be manipulated by machine learning.
However, we still trust some sources to deliver the truth as we somehow still believe them.
What happens when trust starts to erode?
Imagine someone demonstrating the power of believable and scalable fake videos or audios as a weapon. A few months back, we saw the use of a technology called DeepFake to superimpose the faces of celebrities on malicious things. The result? Collectively, everyone freaked out and an uncharacteristically censorship-heavy approach was taken by a wide range of platforms.
The thing is that it is concepts such as DeepFake and whatever follows that have planted a seed of skepticism and doubt in the minds of people. In fact, they have completely destroyed and distorted the belief that you “have to see it to believe it”. It has now given birth to a new belief, “it is indeed important to verify before you believe it”. As a generation that believes in innovation and virtually lives on the internet, we create social proofs. However, the question is: will the digital footprints created by us go worthless as quickly as our social and other feeds became “valuable”?
No wonder, we would want to believe that the concept of “real versus not” will somehow mean less to us and the world around us even though our worlds are still hopping between physical and digital worlds. Undoubtedly, these are all interesting talks and exercises to talk on for hours and hours but a lot of how we all look at the world as a human being and probably even as an investor is through reflection points. The times we live in may not be the exact as we would have wanted them to be. From here, we have to identify whether the power of incentives and shared beliefs can help us maintain a default trust society, or whether a new innovative or wave of technology will make use default skeptics.
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By Pushp Kumar Dutt on December 5, 2018