- OE Exorcet
I'm not worried about rich snooby celebrities or athletes, what if someone made a very convincing video of a "rival/enemy" president saying something that leads to a massive chaos? What about bullies using it to distort victims into some sort of sick person? What if it's used for political propaganda reasons?
The more I hear about the current and future times, the more I wish if I was born 50-500 years prior for all I know.
Taken from the Digital surveillance, facial recognition, privacy and security thread. I'm curious to see how people feel. Personally I feel like now is a pretty good time to be alive. Going back even a few decades I'd be worried about being able to get into my chosen field, and then in addition there was just less to do. In the past many things had yet to be invented (no computers for instance) or were harder to access (cars and gas were cheap in the 60's but today you can own every car available in the 60's in a pretty realistic simulator thanks to previously mentioned computers and take them to any track in the world without paying for gas at all).
Then there were of course all the issues we've faced through human history. Digital fakes are new, but the threat that they pose (disinformation) has always existed. If today we can track people's location to the minute it means you can't be framed for a crime you were no where near. On the other hand, without that tracking technology, how do we know for sure? Could someone with enough imagination get you falsely convicted?
I liked @Imari's reply to the quote above:
I think you'll find that people could do similar things in the past. They might have looked different, but the results would be the same. In the dark ages if a respected member of the community condemned you as a heretic you were going to have a real rough time no matter what the truth of the matter was.
Most societies have some method by which people can lie to completely mess up the lives of others. Hell, 20 years ago you could just accuse someone of being a paedophile and things would probably not go well for them.
This is just the latest in a long line of ways that humans can be dicks to each other. Thankfully, it's relatively easily counteracted in the same way as all the others - apply a little skepticism and common sense. Unfortunately, humans are on the whole resoundingly bad at using either of these things.
In just the previous century we fought the largest wars in history and then had a 50 year period where two nations with the ability to reset civilization were openly on bad terms with each other. In hindsight we know how those situations turned out, but living through them without knowing where we were heading exactly would have felt a bit different.