Deepfakes are here
Years ago I started hearing about deep fakes. After learning about them, I realized it was something that could severely disrupt many aspects of our life, but most impactfully, the world of politics and security. For a while I was seeing them in the corners of the internet, such as Youtube fakes of Joe Rogan and Instagram accounts like @the_fakening.
However, deep fakes became a much more present threat when I recently became aware of the REFACE App. The app allows you to take a single photo of someone’s face and put them into a famous music video, movie, or gif. While the result is rudimentary and more humorous than dangerous, the technology is here. We have reached a turning point where consumers are utilizing deep fake technology while many don’t even understand that it exists. We are entering a stage of technology where from here on out, nearly any video is not sufficient proof in and of itself. It will require forensic videographers to certify the legitimacy of important videos. Imagine how this technology might be used in conjunction with things like the AI random face generator that the NYT recently released, allowing a person to create a completely curated fictitious face at the click of a button.