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How to Tackle Truth Decay

How to Tackle Truth Decay

When then-President Donald Trump was briefed on the California wildfires in 2020, the scientific opinion he heard was that climate change was real and had contributed to the conflagrations that ended up consuming more than 4 million acres and killing 31 people. His response? “Science doesn’t know.” Millions of Americans trusted Trump, a fact he leveraged to attack the trustworthiness of science itself. Trump’s actions are part of a larger pattern of assault on expertise. People need to trust that the experts will tell the truth, and they need to trust the connections between themselves and the experts. A division of labor that was necessary because of our complex social and technological world created the vulnerability of a possible cleavage between expert elites and a distrustful populace. Our belief in things we cannot ourselves verify relies on trust networks. If the connections to the experts are broken, our understanding of reality becomes untethered. Society then begins a slide into doubt and denialism, and “truth decay,” as a RAND initiative has called it, starts to occur. …

Trump Wants to Seem Moderate on Abortion

Trump Wants to Seem Moderate on Abortion

Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he regards his party’s position on reproductive rights as a political liability. He blamed the “abortion issue” for his party’s disappointing showing in the 2022 midterms, and he recently blasted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s support for a six-week abortion ban. Trump seems eager to be the Republican who can turn this loser of a political issue into a winner. And we’ve just gotten a peek at how he plans to do it. Last week, The New York Times reported that Trump has expressed support for the idea of a national ban on abortions after 16 weeks of pregnancy except in the case of rape or incest, or to save the mother’s life. Anti-abortion activists, of course, don’t think such a restriction goes far enough. Some of Trump’s most important allies—including evangelical leaders and policy advisers—emphatically support a total ban, a position that Trump knows is poisonous. Trump doesn’t want to say anything official about a 16-week ban, the report said, until he’s clinched the nomination, …

Generative AI’s iPhone Moment – The Atlantic

Generative AI’s iPhone Moment – The Atlantic

After nearly seven months of rumors and delays, Google has finally released its most advanced generative-AI model to date: Gemini 1.0, a program the company is advertising as one of the most capable pieces of software ever. It can purportedly solve calculus problems, explain memes, write code, and—in a real example offered by the company—provide feedback on cooking photos to help you decide when your omelet is done. Google is even billing Gemini as “a first step toward a truly universal AI model,” one that is designed from the ground up to engage with images, video, text, audio, and computer code in a range of contexts. And, somehow, it all feels a bit underwhelming. Perhaps that is because today’s announcement feels like any other Silicon Valley product launch. Gemini comes in three different versions—Nano, Pro, and Ultra—suited for tasks of increasing complexity, akin to an iPhone 15 Plus, Pro, and Pro Max. (Nano and Pro are available now, though Ultra won’t be out until early next year; for now, it’s a branding exercise.) At the …