MIT has taken the capabilities that deepfakes offer and has produced a short clip that shows us just how powerful they are.
Recently, we’ve seen a whole heap of videos, deepfakes of celebrities saying things they never said. MIT decided to show us the real power of these deepfakes by producing a clip of Richard Nixon making a speech he never made. Have a look for yourself:
As you can see, the clip comes from https://moondisaster.org.project, simulating an alternative ending where the moon landing didn’t go well. This alternate reality had the astronauts brought down by tragedy and the clip, while only a short one, came from the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality.
Cool it may be to see how computer tech is being used for film production and lifelike recreations, it’s also pretty scary to think that deepfakes could be used to skew world events by those whose aim is to create chaos.
Imagine, if you will, something like this, spread across social media across the entire world. It is an alarming new trend, one where we can make anyone say anything we want them to. While many of the current deepfake videos are relatively easy to spot, as technology advances, they will only get better and harder to detect.
Without any way of identifying a deepfake from reality, they have the potential to create a bleak and dangerous future for the whole of society.