Your Search Results Are Full of AI-Generated Content and Google's Reaction Is 🤷
This week's column is about things completely outside all the insane tech news you read this week
Today’s newsletter: ~450 words, 2 minute read
The world is filling up with secret AI-generated content of every kind
…and the first place you probably encountered it was atop your Google search results.
“It is probably impossible that the majority of people who use the web on a day-to-day basis haven’t at some point run into AI-generated content,” says Adam Chronister, who runs a small search-engine optimization firm in Spokane, Wash. Everyone in the professional search-engine optimization groups of which he’s a part uses this technology to some extent, he adds.
I asked Google how they felt about this and they were like, it’s fine, as long as the AI content is good + useful. Which… huh.
While AI content generators can make human creators much more productive, there are a bunch of reasons to be worried about where this is going.
Even if AI-generated content doesn’t take over the whole internet, as it becomes more widespread, there’s a danger that all of us come to trust whatever we see even less than we do now… with algorithms pumping out more content than ever, potentially tailored to our worldviews and inclinations, [filter bubbles and political polarization] could become even worse.
“It’s the liar’s dividend,” says Ms. Schick. “If anything can be faked, then why should I believe anything is real?”
There’s a ton more in the piece itself, as ever, and a bunch more surprises that fell out of my reporting. (Did you know one of the most-viewed accounts on TikTok is a deepfake?)
In other news
Thanks to Twitter, Musk might not be the world’s richest man for much longer
Twitter is circling the drain thanks to historic levels of mismanagement by Musk and his crack squad of
If Twitter goes bankrupt Musk would be by far the biggest loser: adios, $27 billion of his own money, plus another $10 billion in assets he put up as collateral for the loans that make up most of the rest of the wildly inflated price he paid for the bird site.
He still has about $85 billion in Tesla stock at its current valuation, and owns 44% of SpaceX, although it’s unclear what that’s worth at present.
So: is Twitter an existential threat to Musk’s status as the world’s richest man?
There are a lot of people in the world in the $100 billion+ range who could quickly overtake Musk on the billionaires’ leaderboard.
Turns out Crypto is just the Fyre Festival of money
The second-biggest crypto exchange in the world turned out to be possibly a Madoff / Enron-level fraud. Plus all of the people running it lived in a single compound in the Bahamas and were dating? Also it just got hacked and close to half a billion simoleons were stolen. Good times.
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