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AI and the Loss of Truth

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Teens and Screens April

In today’s rapidly advancing technological landscape, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool that has the potential to revolutionize various aspects of our lives. From assisting with everyday tasks to making groundbreaking scientific discoveries, AI has undoubtedly transformed how we live and work.

Our kids are using it daily in classrooms. It is on their phones via the apps they use. However, as AI continues to evolve, there is a growing concern about the potential loss of truth accompanying its widespread adoption.

One of the primary issues surrounding the loss of truth and AI is the rise of deepfake technology. Deepfakes are manipulated videos, images, or audio files that appear very realistic, making it difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is fabricated. With the help of AI algorithms, individuals can create deepfakes that can be used to spread disinformation, deceive the public, and manipulate public opinion.

This poses a significant threat to the integrity of information and raises questions about the authenticity of the content we consume. Not only are adults having a hard time distinguishing between what is real and what is not, but our kids are as well. Couple that with a bit of teenage impulse control, and we are seeing many fake images and content being rapidly sent by kids to one another. There are numerous serious concerns here.

In addition to deepfakes, AI-powered algorithms used by social media platforms and search engines can contribute to the loss of truth. These algorithms are designed to personalize the content we see based on our preferences and interests. While this may seem convenient, it also creates echo chambers, where individuals are only exposed to information that aligns with their existing beliefs and biases.

As a result, people are less likely to encounter diverse perspectives and alternative viewpoints, leading to a narrowing of their understanding of the world. This can further reinforce existing prejudices and hinder critical thinking. And as we know, in order for our kids to grow and learn, they must be exposed to various thoughts and viewpoints. It builds character and empathy, and challenges thought processes.

To address the potential loss of truth associated with AI, it is crucial to prioritize ethical considerations and responsible deployment of AI technologies. This includes developing robust safeguards against deepfakes and disinformation, promoting digital literacy and critical thinking skills, and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability among AI developers and providers. Additionally, efforts should be made to educate our youth on responsible, ethical use of AI.

We must encourage them to think critically and with an open, curious mind. As parents, we must stay up to date on AI to have educated conversations with our kids. Because no matter our thoughts around it, it is here to stay.


Kristi Bush serves as a national education consultant and social media safety advocate. She is a licensed social worker with greater than 15 years of clinical practice and health care experience. She attended Troy and Auburn University where she studied social work and counseling. Kristi travels nationally and has spoken with thousands of children, parents, professionals and organizations about the benefits and threats associated with social media. You may reach Kristi through her website at www.knbcommunications.com.

Kristi Bush
Author: Kristi Bush

Kristi Bush serves as a national education consultant and social media safety advocate. She is a licensed social worker with greater than 15 years of clinical practice and health care experience. She attended Troy and Auburn University where she studied social work and counseling. Kristi travels nationally and has spoken with thousands of children, parents, professionals and organizations about the benefits and threats associated with social media. You may reach Kristi through her website at www.knbcommunications.com.

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Kristi Bush serves as a national education consultant and social media safety advocate. She is a licensed social worker with greater than 15 years of clinical practice and health care experience. She attended Troy and Auburn University where she studied social work and counseling. Kristi travels nationally and has spoken with thousands of children, parents, professionals and organizations about the benefits and threats associated with social media. You may reach Kristi through her website at www.knbcommunications.com.

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AI and the Loss of Truth

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