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How deepfakes threaten the veracity of everything

The President of Bongo had not been seen in months and the people grew suspicious of his death when a video of him delivering the New Year address was released. Instead of assuaging the rumors, the video of Bongo made him look fake.
The video was suspected to be a deepfake. Synthetic media altered with the help of Artificial Intelligence.



Highly convincing Deepfake tech has led to speculation about how fake media influences political opinion.
Such technology now poses a threat to the veracity of documentation as evidence.
The ease with which AI can make the media look real is alarming. The barriers to creating deepfakes are low so calling into question the veracity of any kind of media no longer requires any sophisticated tech.
Subverting the trust in media is deeply dangerous especially in fragile political climates like in the United States.
These could also have a huge impact on law enforcement where videos are often used as evidence.
Tech giants like Google and Facebook are defini…