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Grover AI Detects Machine-Generated ‘Neural’ Fake News — By Also Generating It

While there are automated methods to detect fake news created by humans, with recent AI advancements, especially in the field of natural language generation (NLG), it will now be possible for machines to produce convincing disinformation, written in the language and tone of established news sources —

“The fact that participants in our study found Grover’s fake news stories to be more trustworthy than the ones written by their fellow humans illustrates how far natural language generation has evolved — and why we need to try and get ahead of this threat.”

As outlined in their preprint paper, by team’s approach is inspired by the practice of threat modeling in the field of computer security, where a system’s vulnerabilities and hypothetical adversarial attacks are identified, so that defensive actions can be implemented.

to start with, Grover was then able to output on its own a rather believable but nevertheless bogus article with a domain, date and author that fooled the majority of the study’s human participants, based on rating the piece’s stylistic consistency, content sensibility, and overall trustworthiness.

Even more unnerving is that Grover can out-fake humans writing fake news, as it can also take a piece of human-made misinformation and produce an improved version of it, with its machine-generated mistruths being judged as “more plausible”

“Despite how fluid the writing may appear, articles written by Grover and other neural language generators contain unique artifacts or quirks of language that give away their machine origin,”

contend that releasing such powerful text generation systems into the wild is a dangerous move that will only serve to aid malicious actors intent on propagating more lies in the wider world.

Read for Later - “The level of information pollution that could happen with systems like this a few years from now could just get bizarre.”

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TechSpot “Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report shows web users continue to increase as smartphones falter” Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report counts 3.8 billion internet users (51% of the world) in 2018, an increase from 3.6 billion in 2017 – and Americans now spend 6.3 hours a day on digital media, and over a quarter of US adults say they’re “almost constantly online.” Vice “This deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg tests Facebook’s fake video policies” Artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, in partnership with advertising company Canny, created a deepfake of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and uploaded it to Instagram – a spokesperson for Instagram told Motherboard that the company would “treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram.

See also The Verge “AI deepfakes are now as simple as typing whatever you want your subject to say” ModernRetail “Target is using its stores for same-day delivery and online order fulfillment” Target will offer same-day store delivery for online orders on Target.com, a service operated by last-mile delivery partner Shipt – Target customers with or without a Shipt membership can search through Target’s online inventory for same-day eligible items and order directly from Target’s site in order to receive them that day, with Shipt’s contractors picking orders and delivering them from 1,500 Target stores.

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