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TERRIFYING: Chinese ‘AI-Anchor’ Has Turned ‘Journalists’ Into Literal NPCs (VIDEO)

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Hundreds of journalists reacted with indignation when well-wishers urged them to ‘learn to code’ in response to a round of firings at mainstream media companies like Buzzfeed and Huffington Post.

In an alarming development, it appears that it may be too late- as segments of computer code are already learning how to create journalism in their place.

A video of a computerized AI program introducing itself as a news anchor has been published by China’s Xinhua News.

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The reality of a literal non-player character introducing itself as a television anchor left many feeling alarmed and uncomfortable.

The Chinese AI ‘journalist’ appears relatively indistinguishable from an actual flesh-and-blood news anchor, possessing lifelike body language and facial features. Such a development attests to the increasing sophistication of “deep fakes” and other AI programs meant to realistically simulate human behavior.

If implemented in the west, programs like Xinhua’s AI journalist could mean further job losses in America’s media and journalism industry. Such a development would come with a hint of tragic irony, as liberals employed by mainstream media companies have been known to respond dismissively to the plight of working-class Americans facing job loss and reduced economic prospects due to automation.

Unfortunately, many mainstream figures within the journalism and media industry are unwilling to take the problem seriously, at least until it becomes clear that automation will affect their own career prospects, not just coal miners in Appalachia or truck drivers throughout America. Major social media platforms such as Twitter continue to feed journalists comforting lies, to the extent that suggesting they learn to code on Twitter will be met with an immediate ban for “targeted harassment.”

 

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Gab Attacked in Coordinated Hacking Attempt, Timed to Coincide with CPAC

This hack coincided with Trump’s CPAC speech.

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Free speech social media platform Gab was attacked in a coordinated hacking operation sometime this weekend, with malicious actors briefly compromising accounts of prominent users of the platform.

Gab founder Andrew Torba disclosed the cyberattack, revealing that left-wing operatives had sought to compromise both his own Gab account and an archive account reserved for President Donald Trump. The attack compromised Trump’s reserved account minutes before the President was slated to speak on-stage at CPAC- with the timing suggesting the President may announce he’s joining the free speech social media service.

It’s unclear which other accounts were targeted. Torba confirmed that Gab was cooperating with law enforcement in response to the breach. Alt-tech competitor Parler also suffered from frequent data breaches and insecurity, and it may be that powerful institutions determined to take down Parler have shifted their focus to terroristic tactics targeting Gab.

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Gab has been targeted on previous occasions by entities that oppose its mission to restore free speech on the internet. Torba’s disclosure of the incident differs greatly from the deceptive business tactics of Facebook and Twitter, which regularly decline to reveal data breaches and sell user information to corporations and governments at a whim and without any user consent.

Big League Politics is monitoring the situation for any further developments.


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