Orwell Comes to Life

In George Orwell’s 1984, the book’s hero, Winston Smith, is a minor party functionary living in a London that is still shattered by a nuclear war that took place not long after World War II. He belongs to the Outer Party, and his job is to rewrite history in the Ministry of Truth, bringing it in line with current political thinking.

According to a truly disturbing article on vice.com, the Midjourney subreddit is being flooded with images of historical events that never happened, such as the “infamous Blue Plague Incident” that occurred in the 1970s in the Soviet Union, the “July 2012 solar superstorm and blackout” in the U.S., and “the 2001 Great Cascadia 9.1 Earthquake & Tsunami” that devastated the west coast of North America.

Orwell’s novel highlights the dangers of totalitarianism and the importance of individual freedom and free thought. I don’t think anyone ever believed that rewriting history was going to be a real thing. Thanks to a few motivated individuals and their generative AI coworkers, Orwell’s dystopian world has arrived.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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