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“We are crossing over into an era where we have to be skeptical of what we see on video,” says John Villasenor, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  who is talking about deepfakes—videos that are digitally manipulated in imperceptible ways, often using a machine-learning technique that superimposes existing images or audio onto source material. The technology’s verisimilitude is alarming, Villasenor argues, because it undermines our perception of truth and could have disastrous consequences for the upcoming U.S. presidential election.'

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I write about UC-- "unintended consequences" of societal changes....things that could not have been predicted, at the time.

There have been 4 transformative eras in history. Every single one had unintended consequences, including the era when humans decided to stay put. Towns, cities and states grew at the nexus of rivers. Of course they needed protection. Forts and armies, and finally state military.

The next transformative era was one of industry. Steam engines, the cotton ginny, led to the growth of manufacturing hubs... and pollution etc...

The third was communication technology... beginning with the telegraph and telephone-- where people did not have to live near each other--within 50 miles-- in order to stay in touch. Now they use screens, and are far from home and loved ones.

But the last transformative era, was one of a NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY-- where images and memes could be passed down by the corporatists states. it only began with television. JFK was the first to use mad-men to sell a politician. The passing down of propaganda is the start of. fascist state. It allowed a visual barrage of violent behavior, so that our children, and our young adults, and our bored young men, are bombarded with images of aggression, where blood and violence solve problems, and where 'evil creatures' must be taken down at any costs... forget the collateral damage.

Finally, along came that invention that put information technology: --the internet-- into a place of anarchy-- cyberspace - where mendacity is the rule, and the worst human behaviors are shared...including the worst.

I worry about How Online Radicalization is Destabilizing Democracy I think of the New Zealand massacre, and of the insidious dark web where division and hatred are sown.Here are some salient quotes from the editorial in the NY Time: as authorities rushed to stop a gunman on a mass killing spree in New Zealand, engineers, programmers and content moderators around the globe were scrambling to keep the rampage from going viral. It didn't work.

This new transformational era, of the internet has accelerated our experience of time. I fear for the survival of good people, as the meanest, mongrels push hatred and division, and outright lies. like all eras where something new changes everything down the road, enabled the liars to weaponize disinformation.

Cyber-space, where anarchy rules, followed by the ubiquitous screen, which addicted the people to unimagined degrees. Video games stream theft and violence, and thus, when a madman streamed a live massacre, the world woke up to the UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of information technology.

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