Snake Oil, Free Speech, And Misinformation

The right to free speech is enshrined in the First Amendment, granting individuals the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas. This includes the liberty to listen to speeches and, if one so chooses, to accept ‘snake oil’—a metaphor for deceptive claims.

Yet, the issue of misinformation has become particularly acute with the advent of AI. Advanced AI models like Runway Generation 3 or Sora have the capability to generate highly realistic representations of non-existent individuals, articulating any narrative with any voice. This blurs the line between reality and fabrication, making it increasingly challenging for people to discern the authenticity of what they see and hear.

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