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  2. Yup, gonna be a big problem given how technologically illiterate folks can be. It’s hard enough explaining to them how Russia et al did what they did last time around.

  3. The first time I started to worry about the implications of this sort of thing was after seeing *Rogue One*. I caught the Leia CGI because I knew it had to be fake and the “shimmer” effect was pretty noticeable, but I didn’t even consider the fact that Peter Cushing (Gran Moff Tarkin) was long dead, and I honestly didn’t realize he had also been CGI until I looked up how it was done. It duped me well enough that I could totally see how it would be a powerful tool for seeding propaganda and misinformation.

    And I’m not sure what can be done to prevent its misuse. Definitely with Obama on this.

  4. I didn’t agree with Obama on everything when he was President, but he’s one of the smartest people in public life; and this only underscores my own concerns about deepfakes. Video can never be trusted again.

  5. They hardly need fake videos when our president can just go on TV and claim anything he likes without any kind of proof. Why go to the trouble?

  6. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original]( reduced by 90%. (I’m a bot)
    > OTTAWA – Barack Obama says he's concerned "Deepfake" videos will have real-life consequences, messing with people's abilities to sort fact from fiction.

    > The former U.S. president told an Ottawa audience Friday evening he's seen fake videos bearing his likeness, powered by artificial intelligence, modelling his voice and movements.

    > Used A.I. to produce a viral "Deepfake" of Obama to deliver a PSA about fake videos last year.

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  7. So does this preclude imaginative people making “Deepfake” videos of Trump, McConnell, etc. We’re soon entering an era where people will be no longer be able to believe their “ears and eyes.”

  8. There was a scene in the movie “Contact” where they showed Bill Clinton (president at the time) on a TV screen giving a speech.

    I remember the real Bill Clinton saying that small detail was more than a little unsettling, since he never actually made that speech. He found it convincing enough to be scary. And that was 20 years ago.

  9. Media verification will need to be tied to a blockchain and people in the videos will need to verify with their private key that it is really them in the video. And videos will have that verification data embedded into it. The verification will be displayed like Twitter’s checkmark. It will slow down publishing but it’s the only way to stop deep fakes.

  10. Conservatives never gave the slightest shit their news was real. They always knew it wasn’t. It doesn’t matter to them. Deepfake videos could be claymation and they’d still spread the propaganda

  11. They should worry all of us. Boomers can’t tell their asshole from a meme in the ground so a deep fake video will easily pull the wool over their heads.

  12. I’m probably in the minority but I just don’t see what the big deal is.

    Deepfakes by virtue of the technique they use to generate and splice imagery will always look kind of shitty and unrealistic, despite the difficulty and time required to produce a halfway decent one.

    There exist and have existed much much more realistic methods for doing head swaps in the film industry for decades. And despite what people may think, are not much more difficult or time consuming than deepfakes. There was never an existential panic then, why should there be one now for an inferior technique that isn’t even particularly easier?

    If anyone was so inclined they could have been making more convincing problematic fake videos for the past 20 years. You think a political propaganda angency doesn’t have the resources of a small FX house?

    We’ve had the technology to make perfect nigh on imperceptibly forged photographs for even longer than that. It’s never been an issue.

  13. I have been practicing with deepfake software. Not to do evil, but to reply to people who try to defend a deepfake video this election season by placing THEM in to the bad guy position in that video, then presenting it back to them.


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