“Current fake news pales in comparison to the harm that could come from deepfakes”

Roula Khalaf in the FT: “Within 2 or 3 years we may be watching moving images and speeches without anyone being able to tell whether they are real or fabrications.”

“Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan, worries that deepfakes will not only convince people of things that are not real but also undermine people’s confidencein what is. “This impacts everything in our society, from the rule of law to how journalism is done,” he says.

Intelligence agencies and defence departments are well aware of the advances in computer-generated videos (and may be deep into the research themselves). Some of the leading researchers in the field are also looking at detection solutions, as are tech companies and governments.

See also the Gizmodo article from whence the image came: “Deepfake videos are getting impossibly good.”

Roula Khalaf’s closing thought: “I hope they catch up to this problem a lot faster than they did in spotting and weeding out fake news.”

But so far “they” haven’t caught up with it even after all the clear intimations to the full extent of the problem.

Image: Gizmodo

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