AI-created “virtual influencers” are stealing business from humans

It was all a bit new to her. She’d avoided politics. Her followers didn’t want it. She was the sunny, carefree moments in their lives. They didn’t want confrontation, anger… reality. They had enough of that. She was their refuge, their light-hearted friend. So when she got to the meeting and things were far from light, she felt a little uncomfortable. She recognised some faces even under the dismal lighting. Some wary like her, their practiced smiles somehow out of place. Some clearly angry. A tall blonde figure stood up and welcomed everyone including the hackers waiting with their laptops.