Some may enjoy laughing at fake videos on Facebook and Instagram, but what is happening at the confluence of artificial intelligence and manipulated images is no joke. As technicians and artists explore more efficient ways to craft realistic, convincing videos that are completely fake, everyone has to deal with the potential impacts of social unrest and political fallout. Brooke Borel’s Scientific American story shows that while technology to detect deepfakes lags behind, even clearly phony videos can foment overall distrust. Everyone who uses social media should read this cautionary article.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why increasingly sophisticated fake videos created with artificial intelligence proliferate on social media;
- What effects fake media, especially videos, can have on society and individuals; and
- What is being done to identify “deepfakes” and prevent them from causing mistrust, anxiety and anger.
About the Author
Brooke Borel is a journalist and author of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking.