The new year started with some good news. From the beginning of January, Facebook announced that it will prohibit publishing and circulation of “deepfakes” videos in which Artificial Intelligence creates false content and places fake information by simulating people on video saying things and sentences they never actually said.
If you are anything like all the normal people this time of the year, your shopping mode is reaching frenzy levels. Holidays are just around the corner – Christmas and then New Year’s Eve, or the other way around – whichever sequence you prefer. It is the season of giving and receiving, with all the well-wishes of health, happiness and so on.
Judging by what’s on, this Friday, November 22nd 2019 is a historic day, one for the books. As of today, Twitter will not allow or accept posting of sponsored political ads. Announcement of the news at the end of October, naturally, happened on Twitter where Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the company, tweeted: “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.”
Whenever I hear of a new term used by the young crowd that is totally unbeknown to me, a thought always comes to mind: “Well, this was just another proof of being run over by time”. It is rather uncomfortable to entertain such thoughts; probably the only worse imaginable scenario would be to shout at the crowd “you kids are clueless, let me show you how it’s done.”
Just admit it, as soon as you lay your eyes on the title of this one, you know exactly who Greta is and what the topic of this text is going to be. Let me preempt your excitement by telling you that you are only partially right. It is true that we are talking about Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old Swede who just over a year ago has started a campaign to protect the planet Earth.