Deepfakes: Is This Video Even Real? | NYT Opinion

Deepfakes: Is This Video Even Real? | NYT Opinion

Hello. Today I’m
going to be talking to you about a new
technology that’s affecting famous people. Remember when Obama called
Trump a dipshit? “Complete dipshit.” Or the
time Kim Kardashian rapped, “Because I’m
always half naked”? Or when Arnold Schwarzenegger
impersonated himself? “Get out of there! There’s a
bomb in there! Get out!” Deepfake. Deepfake. Deepfake. This is a deepfake, too. I’m not Adele. But I am an expert in
online manipulation. So deepfakes is
a term that is used to describe video
or audio files that have been created using
artificial intelligence. My favorite is probably
Lisa Vanderpump. It started as a very basic
face-swapping technology. And now it’s turned
into film-level C.G.I. There’s been this
huge explosion of, “Oh my goodness, we
can’t trust anything.” Yes, deepfakes are
eerily dystopian. And they’re only going to get
more realistic and cheaper to make. But the panic around
them is overblown. In fact, the alarmist
hype is possibly more dangerous than
the technology itself. Let me break this down. First, what everyone is freaking out
about is actually not new. It’s a much older
phenomenon that I like to call the weaponization
of context or shallowfakes with Photoshop and
video editing software. There’s so many needs. How about the time Nancy Pelosi appeared to be
drunk while giving a speech? “But you never know. “But this president
of the United States.” Turns out that video
was just slowed down at 75%. “It was very, very,
very, very, very strange.” You can have a really
simplistic piece of misleading content
that can do huge damage. For example, in the
lead-up to the midterms, we saw lots of imagery around
this caravan of people who were moving towards the U.S. This photo was shared
with captions demonizing the so-called migrant
caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018. But a reverse image search
showed it was actually Pakistani refugees in Greece. You don’t need deepfakes’
A.I. technology to manipulate emotions or
to spread misinformation. This brings me to
my second point: What we should be
really worried about is the liar’s dividend.
The lies and actions people will get away
with by exploiting widespread skepticism
to their own advantage. So, remember the
“Access Hollywood” tape that emerged a few weeks
before the 2016 election? “When you’re a star,
they let you do it. “You can do anything.” “Whatever you want.”
Around that time. Trump apologized, but then
more recently he’s actually said, I’m not
sure if I actually said that. When
anything can be fake it becomes much easier
for the guilty to dismiss the truth as fake. What really keeps me awake at
night is less the technology. It’s how we as a society
respond to the idea that we can’t trust what
we see or what we hear. So if we are fearmongering, if we are hyperbolic, if we are
waving our hands in the air, that itself can be
part of the problem. You can see where
this road leads. As public trust
in institutions like the media, education
and elections dwindles, then democracy itself
becomes unsustainable. The way that we respond
to this serious issue is critical. Partly this is the platforms
thinking very seriously about what they do with
this type of content, how they label this
kind of content. Partly is the
public recognizing their own responsibility. And if you don’t know
100%, hand on heart, “This is true,” please don’t share, because
it’s not worth the risk.

100 thoughts on “Deepfakes: Is This Video Even Real? | NYT Opinion

  1. About 99.99% of stuff that spoiled pampered western people squeal about being "dangerous" isn't dangerous at all in the least. It's like the west has became nations that are populated with grown-a** toddlers.

  2. Wow whata coincidence. How come all the mainstream media is suddenly so worried about deepfake videos effecting the 2020 election. I’m no prophet but mark my words I bet you a million dollars the reason they are warning people about this ahead of time is because they know tons of incriminating videos of corrupt politicians is coming and they need a scapegoat. Another prediction this whole ‘deep fake’ phenomenon is mainly going to be used to deceive people into thinking REAL videos are FAKE instead of trying to make FAKE videos look REAL because they know the technology is no where good enough to fool people into believing a fake video is real. But making a REAL VIDEO look fake is 100x easier.

  3. Pelosi seems drunk at regular speed . The more corrections a newspaper has to issue works in the same way , makes them less likely to be believed on their future stories , used to be an incentive for them to not publish till they had it right but that seems to have fallen by the way side.

  4. The message is clear: only listen to trusted news sources like CNN, the new york times, MSNBC, VOX, VICE, washington post. Their journalistic integrity will keep them from using context and omission to pursue an agenda, unlike people on youtube who could really be lying or selectively ignoring information.


  5. What happened to New York Times 100%, hand on heart, this is true when it came to the Covington kids?

    I guess that hyperbolic hand waving was worth the risk.

  6. I didn’t even read the title and freak out “OMG ADELE IS BACK” 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  7. I didn’t even read the title and freak out “OMG ADELE IS BACK” 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

  8. Great video! Maybe the government should enforce strict laws and regulations for the internet that criminally get you in trouble. Like if you’d ruin someone’s life or something

  9. But when Hillary Clinton jokes about killing Kadafi, thats REAL and there is more then enough horrible real proof our political system is really effd up. What they want is for those things to be ignored

  10. It hasn’t even nearly been perfected. Not close. You can still easily tell. None of them get it right yet. The best one I’ve seen thus far is The Shining scene with Jim Carrey’s face for Nicholson’s. That was getting close. The rest of them…it’s obvious.

  11. I do this technique in some ways I use a program:zao and deepfakes and ebsynth and pftrack and python digital tht's easy

  12. This is what Processed foods do to you, gives you a processed life…. the Lie of Weapons of Mass Destruction to Weapons of Mass Deception…..

  13. Well now any state just can easily fake "surveillance cam footage" and they can jail you with fake evidence brave new digital world could plummit into dark ages² in a few years in the wrong hands.

  14. If the solution is critical thinking were f’d. Critical thinking is a learned skill and not nearly as much fun as giving Intro quick emotion, especially on social media. Worse yet is basic Dunning–Kruger effect, the less one understands critical thinking the better on thinks they are at it.

  15. The media actively lies to us. It’s a constant at this point. We are being manipulated and they are trying very hard to train us to think a certain way.

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