15. January 2020 - 19:30 till 21:00
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The Reality Game with Samuel Woolley | The Last Bookstore | Wednesday, 15. January 2020

Note: your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book.

The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Samuel Woolley and his new book The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth. A digital propaganda expert that has been sounding the alarm on fake news and deep fakes since 2013, Woolley will demonstrate what will be the next frontier of fake news-a vastly more powerful wave of technologies that will be used to manipulate and control disinformation and disrupt the political process. 

In his upcoming book, The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth (on sale January 7, 2020), writer and researcher Samuel Woolley shows how we will soon be navigating new technologies such as human-like automated voice systems, machine learning, “deep-fake” AI-edited videos and images, interactive memes, virtual reality and augmented reality. Even as the tech industry continues to be attacked for its failure to manage fake news, it is rolling out new products -- such as AI and virtual reality -- without properly considering their impact on propaganda. In stories both deeply researched and compellingly written, Woolley describes this future and imagines its profound impact on our politics. 
Information literacy is an essential ingredient in a healthy democracy, and The Reality Game shows how the breakneck rate of technological change is making it nearly impossible. Woolley argues for a new culture of invention, one built around accountability, and especially transparency. We cannot afford to continue re-litigating the past. Instead, we must follow signals to prevent manipulation in the future–and use our new tools not to control people but to empower them.
Dr. Samuel C. Woolley is a writer and researcher specializing in the study of automation/AI, politics, persuasion, and social media. He is the Research Director of the Digital Intelligence (DigIntel) Lab at the Institute for the Future, a 50-year-old think-tank based in the heart of Silicon Valley. Sam is co-founder and former research director of the Computational Propaganda Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He has written articles for Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Motherboard, TechCrunch, and Slate and has featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal and on The Today Show, BBC’s News at Ten, and NBC’s Nightly News. His work has been presented to members of NATO, the U.S. Congress and the U.K. Parliament.

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