I've gone down a black hole of the latest DeepFakes and this mashup of Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Lawrence is a sight to behold
@theWillSource @MikaelThalen One point of hope to suggest that's not as big a threat as it might otherwise be: making a really convincing DeepFake apparently requires a lot of high-res/def images and (especially) video of a person. So, easy in the case of actors, harder for grassroots activists, eg.
@MikaelThalen So my question is--how tech savvy do you have to be to make these? Is it relatively easy? Or is it time-consuming and require loads of skill? Because I'm likely to base my panic levels on that.
As some have pointed out, the potential for this to be used against everyday people as a form of blackmail is probably, at least in some ways, much more worrisome than a video involving a well-known politician.
@MikaelThalen I don't think this will be used against huge national figures, such as politicians / celebs. I think this will be used against those whom it'll be difficult to disprove: the unknown activist, the grassroots fighters. I can see that.
Many feel the issue is more hype than substance though. People already believe in outlandish conspiracies based on far, far less. This take feels pretty spot on:
Speaking of DeepFakes, lawmakers are currently sounding the alarm over concerns that such techniques will be used during the 2020 election
I do not understand the hype around “deep fakes” — the age of conspiracy is doing just fine already. The most concerning aspect is, *possibly*, “deep denials,” the ability to dispute previously uncontested evidence, even when the denial flies in the face of forensic artefacts.