TECK BREAK: Misinformation woes could multiply with 'deepfake' videos

AFP journalist views a video manipulated with artificial intelligence to potentially deceive viewers, or "deepfake" at his news desk in Washington, DC on January 25, 2019. PHOTO| AFP

What you need to know:

  • Deepfake videos that manipulate reality are becoming more sophisticated due to advances in artificial intelligence.
  • As the technology advances, worries are growing about how “deepfakes” can be used for nefarious purposes by hackers or state actors.
  • Carnegie Mellon University researchers last year revealed techniques that make it easier to produce deepfakes via machine learning to infer missing data.

If you see a video of a politician speaking words he never would utter, or a Hollywood star improbably appearing in a cheap adult movie, don't adjust your television set -- you may just be witnessing the future of "fake news."

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