Three Different Things: February 10, 2020

Source: Deep Learning on Medium

Three Different Things: February 10, 2020

A Guide to Misinformation, The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign, and Deep Learning Isn’t Hard

Of course, WHAT you read is important. (Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash)
  1. Cyborgs, trolls and bots: A guide to online misinformation

Misinformation is defined as any false information, regardless of intent, including honest mistakes or misunderstandings of the facts. Disinformation, on the other hand, typically refers to misinformation created and spread intentionally as a way to confuse or mislead.

A guide to misinformation from the AP, which defines disinformation as a subset, and then explains the roles of cyborgs trolls and bots (which is disinformation). Sometimes it’s important to call things by their name.

2. The Billion-Dollar Disinformation Campaign to Reelect the President

The Trump campaign is planning to spend more than $1 billion, and it will be aided by a vast coalition of partisan media, outside political groups, and enterprising freelance operatives. These pro-Trump forces are poised to wage what could be the most extensive disinformation campaign in U.S. history. Whether or not it succeeds in reelecting the president, the wreckage it leaves behind could be irreparable.

Politics aside, we’re always taught to follow the money and the money is a problem for our whole system of democracy. Maybe NATO or China should invest in the Democrats? Maybe foreign money & interference in our election process will be the thing that gets us to remove money from the process? One can always hope.

3. Deep learning isn’t hard anymore

Deep learning isn’t hard anymore

Yeah, no. That’s like saying that programming is easy because you can take a TodoMVC example application, change the colour of its background, and put it into production.

Sharing this reddit comment on the article. Solid argument.