Trust and Truth

It turns out people have been both uploading photos they do not own to creative commons photo sharing sites such as Pexels and Unsplash, and removing photos from such sites before pursuing those using them and demanding royalties.

The obvious solution is to avoid using stock photos.

While it’s going to take some time to walk backwards through blog posts swapping the photos out, it’s better than the prospect of dealing with the photographic equivalent of a patent troll.

People ruin everything, don’t they.

In other news, I’m still watching the news – or rather, watching a number of news streams and trying to balance the various versions of stories being reported. It’s incredibly frustrating that journalists are paid to write with bias, and will often distort, fabricate and manufacture “truth” to suit their own narrative.

Don’t even get me started about social media – where you can trust very little at all. I found myself wondering this morning if the world might not be a much better place if artificial intelligence was brought to bear on the content people share – to check the veracity of claims and score them accordingly.

How would an artificial intelligence determine truth though? We live in a world where millions of people disagree entirely about the most basic tenets that society rests upon – a world where the vast majority accept the concordant news stream generated by algorithmic timelines as truth and fact.

3 replies on “Trust and Truth”

Great Blog, Jonathan. The only stable tenet is this: People are freaking stupid. Journalists are no longer really journalists. they are mouthpieces. They have redefined the term “news” entirely. Where is Chet and Walter and Roger when you need them? We have taken to watching BBC. MUCH better in terms of just laying out the facts with little to no bias. Far..FAR…better journalistic qualities.

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It’s interesting – the BBC is often accused of being biased towards socialism – although it’s incomparably better than anything owned by Rupert Murdoch. To be honest if you want plain reporting, you’re far better going to AP news.

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