I Live in the First Century of Artificial Intelligence, a poem by Lois Perch Villemaire at Spillwords.com
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I Live in the First Century of Artificial Intelligence

I Live in the First Century of Artificial Intelligence

written by: Lois Perch Villemaire

 

I have been unable to believe what I read.
Most days, breaking news headlines ring fake
like reports of the one and a half mile Key Bridge
in Baltimore collapsing into the Patapsco River
when a single cement piling was hit by a cargo ship
blocking off the channel to business and commerce
threatening the jobs of 8,000 with bills to pay.

I have become unable to assume what I hear,
even when the absurd is proven true
the doubt of a scam remains.
Familiar voices may be used to tell lies.
That voice you know can be cloned
to trick the innocent into trusting
like the night my father got a call from my “brother”
saying he was in jail and needed money.

I have become unable to trust what I see
on social media. Photos are modified
from a nugget of truth, a dishonest version
is created and goes viral. The message
on a T-shirt is changed to support or malign a cause
worn by the unaware.
I discover my own image on a hacked facebook account.

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