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Personal computing is a tool used by humans for good or bad, as is the case for every tool ever invented. The problem then is not with the tools, but with the humans. The ability to alter photos has existed since the beginning of photography, as has been the ability to ghost write or impersonate authors. As I see it, the real problem is with the increase in incentives, like how “influencers” make money, to use computing for bad. (Computational photography and Large Language Models are recent iterations of computing.) We need to strongly enforce norms and laws regarding fraud, and reinforce that a right to free speech does not give one the right to intentionally commit fraud by lying.

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