They say, “The truth sets you free.” while this saying is not common in the tech world, being a problem solver, artificial intelligence is being looked upon by humanity to help in telling what’s real from what’s fake. Or, separating fact from fiction, in this case.
We’ve seen couples pick up fights after being sent photos of their spouse, found in a compromising situation. And you know what, “Photoshop” or technology always turns out to be the culprit, even when the whole thing is true.
Well, at times, the allegation is so fake that you can easily tell the image is not original, but as technology continues to advance separating original from Photoshopped images is becoming harder. So who becomes the judge here? Fingers are pointing to artificial intelligence and its sister technologies.
But How Does Fact and Fiction Connect With AI?
In many ways, for one – Fiction, which is the keyword here, originates from some work of art. As in, someone with a creative mind, borrowing from the real world, creates something that resembles what is original.
Fiction can exist in multiple forms and shape which include a hand drawing, edited-photos, a story, a movie and so on, but most times, it creeps into our general day-to-day conversation.
A simple example here can be, when trying to please someone, we tend to say what they only want to hear other than basing the conversation on facts. Luckily, artificial intelligence happens to function like our brains — the major organ behind everything fiction. Meaning it might help out when we need to separate fakeness from the truth in talks.
As a leader, of cause you want to know everything about the team behind you, but unfortunately even your most trusted personal assistant will want to tell you what you want to here, hiding facts that could have otherwise be more resourceful in the subject matter.
Artificial Intelligence for Fact-Based Leadership Training
McKinsey’s research, a while ago was pointing us to how AI can be used to train better leaders, helping us to predict aspirants with better leadership skills. For the most part, the whole concept was linked to how individuals behave on social networks –by analyzing how they treat and collaborate with their contacts, what they read most about and so on.
In other words, machine intelligence can follow up with profiles to establish people’s character or, force aspirant to invest in discipline and reading leadership material else they risk not being elected.
Reading the Online Weather
From another perspective, McKinsey’s work explains that using social network analytics the leader already in office would be able to know what exactly is required. For example, the report quotes how after dissecting 100 plus SNA’s (Social Network Analysis) from the sociogram of organizations, of different sizes, the experts confirmed that it’s easy to tell most of what is going in the workplaces.
The subject is broad and understanding it may depend on one’s area of interest, like for instance, already some researchers are working with AI to help separate authentic news from fake. As in, hopes are that artificial intelligence remains the only tool as of now, that may assist us to solve the need of separating fact from fiction.