Jacky Visser of Dundee University’s Argumentation Lab and his colleague in research, Elena Musi of Liverpool University’s Linguistic program, employ robots to build programs to teach high school and university students how to recognize the various types of false reasoning in misinformation (unintentional), disinformation (intentional) and fake news or deep fakes (manipulated videos). They discuss the challenges of detecting falsehoods with unmediated social media and news sources. Distinguishing between fact and fiction is critically important, particularly in COVID time when our trust in medical research, educational institutions, and political leaders is being eroded by online manipulation of messages that affect our opinions about voting, getting vaccinated, and taking seriously such non-pharmaceutical interventions as social distancing and mask wearing.
|Title of host publication||Outsmarting the Next Pandemic|
|Subtitle of host publication||What COVID-19 Can Teach Us|
|Editors||Elizabeth Anne Kirley, Deborah Porter|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Dec 2021|