Synthetic Minds: AI and the post-trust world

Synthetic Minds: AI and the post-trust world

'Synthetic Minds', formerly known as the f(x)=e^x, serves as a mirror to the multifaceted, synthetic elements that are beginning to weave into the fabric of our society. The name acknowledges the blend of artificial and human intelligence that will shape our collective future, posing incredible opportunities and ethical dilemmas.

How to Trust Each Other in a Post-Truth World

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The post-truth era, shaped by deepfakes and generative AI, poses formidable challenges in discerning truth from fabrication. This erosion of trust threatens institutions and social cohesion. 

Comprehensive strategies are vital, spanning blockchain technology, media and digital literacy campaigns, transparent communication, collaborative fact-checking and information-sharing platforms, and a collective commitment to critical thinking and accountability. 

My latest article emphasises the importance of media literacy and the potential of blockchain in anchoring trust in this era of information manipulation. It's a call to action for collaborative efforts in safeguarding our digital landscape. How will we anchor our trust in this ever-changing digital sea?

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Synthetic Snippets: Weekly Bytes for Your Synthetic Mind

Quick, curated insights to feed your quest for a better understanding of our evolving synthetic future.

1. Tech Tug-of-War: ASML and Global Chip Politics.

The Dutch government has partially revoked ASML's export license for some machines to China, impacting shares and stirring Beijing's criticism. This move, influenced by US government pressure to limit China's chip-making abilities, signifies a significant shift in the global semiconductor landscape. It's a geopolitical chess game with microchips as pawns. While not materially impacting ASML's 2023 earnings, the decision reflects growing concerns over national security and tech supremacy. This act spotlights the delicate balance between global trade and strategic technological control. (Reuters)

2. Ransomware's Global Threat: Going Beyond Business Walls

2023 marked a record year for ransomware attacks, escalating from targeting businesses to threatening national security. Attacks are increasingly sophisticated, backed by a shift to ransomware-as-a-service, allowing even small groups to launch potent cyber strikes. The challenge intensifies as attackers focus on infrastructure, such as healthcare and utilities, posing severe risks. This evolution signals a dire need for more robust, innovative cybersecurity measures worldwide. (The Economist)

3. Another AI Misstep in the Courtroom.

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to Donald Trump, is now leveraging Google's AI, Bard, in an intriguing shift from legal drama to tech exploration. Unfortunately for him, it did not turn out as he expected.

Michael Cohen's misadventure with Google's AI chatbot Bard, mistaking it for an advanced search engine, led to a courtroom blunder. Attempting to shorten his probation, Cohen cited non-existent cases suggested by Bard, drawing scrutiny from a US District Judge. (The Verge)

The impending legal battle between The New York Times and OpenAI over copyright issues in 2024 is more than just a courtroom drama; it's a landmark case for the digital age. At its core, it's about defining the boundaries of AI's creativity and its implications on intellectual property. As AI becomes increasingly adept at producing human-like content, the lines blur between inspired creation and outright duplication. This high-stakes duel could reshape the landscape of AI innovation, urging us to ponder: When AI paints with words, who holds the brush? (VentureBeat)

A Bionic Leap: AI's Hand in Human Resilience.

Sarah's journey exemplifies the wonders of AI in the realm of prosthetics. Losing a limb didn’t stop her; instead, she embraced a bionic arm powered by AI. This isn't your average prosthetic; it learns and adapts to her muscle movements, improving with every use. 

It's a testament to human resilience, powered by AI's predictive prowess. As we marvel at her ability to crush cans and dream of biking again, we're reminded that AI isn't just about bytes and data—it's about enhancing human potential in ways we're only beginning to grasp. (BBC)

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