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https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/s ... mein-kampf
“I don’t know why people do not read Mein Kampf more regularly,” Knausgaard says. “It tells you first-hand about all the narcissism; you see that collapse in German culture. There is no chance that anyone could become a Nazi by reading that book. The appeal of nazism was entirely visual; Mein Kampf is a lesson in this very petty, extremely self-righteous way of thinking. It’s horrific, but it seems important to understand that now. I would never compare directly to Trump, but that extreme pettiness and self-righteousness sound similar. Every other context is different, of course it is.”
"Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous." Barbara Ehrenreich
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The liar’s dividend, and other challenges of deep-fake news
We are truly fucked."
A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security AND DANIELLE CITRONBOBBY CHESNEY Harmful lies are nothing new. But the ability to distort reality has taken an exponential leap forward with “deep fake” technology. This capability makes it possible to create audio and video of real people saying and doing things they never said or did. Machine learning techniques are escalating the technology’s sophistication, making deep fakes ever more realistic and increasingly resistant to detection. Deep-fake technology has characteristics that enable rapid and widespread diffusion, putting it into the hands of both sophisticated and unsophisticated actors. While deep-fake technology will bring with it certain benefits, it also will introduce many harms. The marketplace of ideas already suffers from truth decay as our networked information environment interacts in toxic ways with our cognitive biases. Deep fakes will exacerbate this problem significantly. Individuals and businesses will face novel forms of exploitation, intimidation, and personal sabotage. The risks to our democracy and to national security are profound as well.
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