Engaging Deep Fakes: When Truth is not Truth

Deception is implicit in language and psychological self-definition, we really should be less surprised that fakes are so prevalent or successful.

Information, like entropy, is always created. When considered in gestalt: successful cultural, technological or socioeconomic systems (and their diverse artefacts or entities) are autonomously-oriented towards self-propagation as biological as much as material facts of information and energy-processing.

One of the common errors we make when we engage the growing presence of both amateur and professionally-bespoke fakes in our shared information spaces is to assume that the natural orientation for such systems is towards colloquial truth. It is not.

The natural bias of autonomously self-propagating information and communications systems (such as cultures, societies or civilisations) is towards the coded, symbolic self-replication of those systems. The only endemic concession to truth is that of a fidelity to the logical and physical facts of sustainably continuous information system self-propagation.

In this sense, the celebrated truth values of human language, cognition and culture – while clearly important and upon which much of our civilisation depends – are profoundly contingent and float upon a deeper layer or logic of physics and complexity, of adaptive information systems. That is where we need to tackle this problem.

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