Breaking news from celebritiesdeaths.com: the president is dead.
A celebrity death news website announced that Joe Biden had died, when, in fact, he had not. At least that’s what the highly reliable website informed its readers last month, under the no-nonsense headline “Biden dead. Harris acting president, address 9am ET”. The site explained that Joe Biden had “passed away peacefully in his sleep” and Kamala Harris was taking over.
It’s hard to imagine who would believe this stuff. if Biden had died, the New York Times would probably cover it. Celebritiesdeaths.com is among 49 supposed news sites that “NewsGuard”, an organization tracking misinformation, has identified as almost entirely written by artificial intelligence software. All 49 sites contain at least one instance of AI error messaging containing phrases such as “I cannot complete this prompt” or “as an AI language model”. But, as “Futurism” points out, a big concern here is that false information on the sites could serve as the basis for future AI content, creating a vicious cycle of fake news. What do these sites look like? And would AI articles always be as easy to spot? The controversy points to the growing difficulty of discerning the humans from the bots. Who, exactly, is running these sites is unclear.
If this is what AI generates now, imagine what it will look like when sites like this become AI’s source material. We can only hope that the bots remain compulsively honest about their identities.
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Michel Ouellette / J. Michael Dennis is a Former Attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.
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