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Will Deepfakes Do Deep Damage?

image from deepfake video of President Trump


It has been said that the camera doesn't lie. However, in the digital age, it is also becoming abundantly clear that it doesn't necessarily depict the truth. Increasingly sophisticated machine learning combined with inexpensive and easy-to-use video editing software are allowing more and more people to generate so-called deepfake videos. These clips, which feature fabricated footage of people and things, are a growing concern in both politics and personal life.

"It's a technology that is easily weaponized," observes Hany Farid, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


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