This isn't a political rant, but I'll start with a political quote from Steve Bannon
"We got elected on Drain the Swamp, Lock Her Up, Build a Wall. This was pure anger. Anger and fear is what gets people to the polls. ... The Democrats don't matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit."
"To flood the zone with shit" means to spew out great quantities of material which may or may not be even partly true, such that the public is overwhelmed and can no longer trust any information source.
This isn't a rant against AI either, but I'll quote Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, in his comments on "A Concerning Trend"
"Since the early days of the pandemic, I’ve observed an increase in the number of spammy submissions to Clarkesworld. ...
Towards the end of 2022, there was another spike in plagiarism and then “AI” chatbots started gaining some attention, putting a new tool in their arsenal and encouraging more to give this “side hustle” a try. ...
While rejecting and banning these submissions has been simple, it’s growing at a rate that will necessitate changes. To make matters worse, the technology is only going to get better, so detection will become more challenging. ...
Submissions spiked this morning [2023-02-20] – over 50 before noon – so I’ve temporarily closed submissions. ..."
I'm thinking about the novel Fiasco
, by Stanisław Lem. When the humans arrive in the alien solar system, they discover the ailens have been at war with each other for so long that every technology has had a weapon depolyed against it, and the entire solar system is nearly unusable.
Anyway, that's my pessimistic thinking about the near future of information exchange on Earth -- Internet, news media, science research, pretty much everything. Not only do we already have more false or unreliable information than true and reliable, but now we can automate flooding the zone with shit.
But. The optimist in me says we can find ways around this. I don't know what these ways will be. Maybe some way to share trustability ratings? Maybe cultivating a greater respect for actual experts and creators instead of "influencers"? Maybe practicing some extra self-control to avoid flooding our own heads with shit? Dunno. But I think we're at one of those infamous "inflection points", and we need to start doing things differently.