The Simple Solution to Keep Digital Content Honest

The Simple Solution to Keep Digital Content Honest

Staying Real in a Digital Fantasy

We’re living in a world that’s like a 24/7 information buffet, and AI is serving up a behemoth of a main course. From dodgy news to spookily accurate fake videos, it’s getting harder to tell if a human or a computer crafted the latest pixels you’re consuming.

And let’s be honest, this can cause some big headaches. These shady content standards are becoming problems too big to ignore. So, what’s the solution? We think it might be simpler than you think, watermarking.

Old school ideas, new era impact

Watermarking seems a basic solution, but if companies that help produce AI content like ChatGPT or Midjourney, or companies that distribute them like Meta or X can collaborate towards watermarked content, it will be much harder for AI to confuse or misdirect the public. 

And that process is understandably hugely important. So much so that tech giant Intel is leading the charge with their new tool – FakeCatcher. It’s a big step in the right direction, but it won’t stop there. There’s a huge need to start watermarking AI content, helping us easily tell human-made from AI-made, and giving everyone a clear picture of what’s what.

Whilst we can individually watermark our own content, like in this article, ultimately to enforce it en masse, it has to be done by the companies that produce and share the content. Doing would be like a big neon sign saying, “We’re committed to the truth!” – reducing the potential harms of AI content.

Keeping it Ethical

When it comes to AI content, watermarking acts like a gentle reminder to play by the rules. It encourages everyone – creators, consumers, AI programs – to think carefully about the content they’re putting out or taking in. It shines a spotlight on AI’s role in content creation, pushing for transparency and high standards across the board.

We’ve been working with AI technology for years now, so we’re well versed in how to keep it ethical. Ultimately you’ve got to distill it down to core principles because the nature of the technology keeps changing and rapidly so.

You’ll find that sticking to user-first thinking will steer you well. Also consider the implication of human intervention. You’ll need to build in human checks for any AI-produced content or data, because it will be a while yet until you’d trust it to do most functions without review.

If you wouldn’t let AI write your will, you probably shouldn’t let it do everything for your business without checking it first. If you would, then crack on!

Collaborate for Future

Realistically we have an incredible, blossoming technology at our fingertips.

The ability to summon previously inaccessible information and more from the ether still feels like magic- and that’s because the capabilities are just so enthralling.

But like when the internet rolled out across dialup connections around the world, or social media hit every young persons’ palm, there’s a huge ethical weight to the exhilarating possibilities being mapped. 

We need everyone to contribute to safe digital communities. Nothing has changed there, but the tools are different and certainly more powerful than ever.

With the right framework it will be easy. And better still, you’ll see your day-to-day tasks drop away from the drudgery and into the more intriguing, the novel and the curious. It’s exciting and unfolding right before your eyes.

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