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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2020 3:48 p.m. PST

…Information Ecosystem at Risk

"What can former U.S. president Richard Nixon possibly teach us about artificial intelligence today and the future of misinformation online? Nothing. The real Nixon died 26 years ago.

But an AI-generated likeness of him shines new light on a quickly evolving technology with sizable implications, both creative and destructive, for our current digital information ecosystem. Starting in 2019, media artists Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology teamed up with two AI companies, Canny AI and Respeecher, to create a posthumous deepfake. The synthetic video shows Nixon giving a speech he never intended to deliver—half a century after the subject it addresses…"
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Extrabio194727 Aug 2020 4:28 p.m. PST

Deep fakes are downright scary. Especially given the number of folks who will readily believe anything, regardless of how outrageous it might be.

Stryderg27 Aug 2020 7:45 p.m. PST

The era of disinformation has just begun! Wait til AI is used to not only create a deepfake, but also generate the background documentation needed to "validate" the deepfake. You won't be able to trust your own shadow.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP27 Aug 2020 9:53 p.m. PST

I, for one, welcome our new AI overlords!

Legion 428 Aug 2020 10:25 a.m. PST

Yeah remember what happened in the '30s when Orson Wells did a radio show based on WoTWs … 👽

Old Wolfman28 Aug 2020 10:26 a.m. PST

Similar to the "cameo" of Laurence Olivier in "Sky Captain And The World of Tomorrow",using footage from another film.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2020 12:14 p.m. PST



Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2020 2:18 p.m. PST

Just like the fake Schwarzenegger in the film adaptation of The Running Man, who was killed off to save the broadcasting company the embarrassment of him surviving.

Robert le Diable02 Sep 2020 1:57 p.m. PST

I wonder could the voice-synthesising technology mentioned be used to create recordings which could never have been made; how might Caruso have sounded in the familiar "Nessun Dorma"?

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