The Future of Fake News?
Just when the divisions between various interest groups is greater than ever and major political figures and individuals are crying “Fake New” as a response to most anything they disagree with or doesn’t match a firmly held belief, our media future may well be in for an uncertain transition.
What if you could change the video and/or audio for any recorded media to make it say anything you wanted it to, as well as the people in the video puppet your facial gestures as if they were the one that originally said or behaved a certain way?
Well just like the Honeywell commercial in the seventies that stated that “Someday is here today”. What does it bode for our future and the trust of any information source? Listen to RadioLabs “Breaking News“
Simon Adler takes us down a technological rabbit hole of strangely contorted faces and words made out of thin air. And a wonderland full of computer scientists, journalists, and digital detectives forces us to rethink even the things we see with our very own eyes.
This was a crude basic example crafted in a brief period of time. However, technology is perfected in shorter and shorter time cycles than ever and how long will it take before more precise algorithms are created and in use?
What does this mean for reliability of news and information, and the trust between citizens (especially for divergent groups) and our democracy?