Now that AI has gotten reasonably good at generating fake news, we have a study that emphasizes how dangerous such false articles can be. The Association for Psychological Science reports, “Fake News Can Lead to False Memories.” While the study, from the University College Cork, was performed on Irish citizens ahead of a vote on an abortion referendum, its results can easily apply to voters in any emotional or partisan contest. Like, say, next year’s U.S. presidential election.
ROBERT STEELE: The real story is not that this capability is just now being developed, but that it has been with us for centuries. These stories are a form of soft disclosure. As soon as “news” went from oral delivery by trusted kin, and into “institutions,” it became a commodity that could be manipulated. Virtually every war the US has ever fought has been based on fake news — yellow journalism. What we are all starting to learn is that everything about how we live is fake — including fake elections and fake winners and fake losers. The Great Awakening is on.