“Fake news” has become a political rallying cry in recent years, but the impact of more and more convincing fake videos or deepfakes gives this cry a very disconcerting edge. Senior editor for artificial intelligence at the MIT Technology Review Will Knight takes a look at how the prevalence and increased sophistication of fake videos or deepfakes is likely to further undermine people’s trust in politics, while at the same time giving politicians loopholes to evade accountability. The article is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the wider implications of technological progress.
About the Author
Will Knight is senior editor for artificial intelligence at MIT Technology Review. He covers the latest advances in AI and related fields.