Andrew Anglin and Pomidor Quixote
February 2, 2019
That’s… yeah, I’m not going to comment on that. You can watch the video and see for yourself.
An unnerving new video that appears to show Steve Buscemi’s face seamlessly molded onto Jennifer Lawrence’s head is yet another example of the worrying advancements of ‘deepfakes’ videos.
Deepfakes are digitally-altered videos that use sophisticated machine learning algorithms to create human masks that are then overlaid on top of real footage.
This past spring, a similar video appeared to show former president Barack Obama calling Donald Trump a ‘total and complete dips***.
And, numerous celebrities have been the victims of deepfakes porn, including Gal Gadot and Emma Watson, in which their face has been superimposed to that of a pornstar in a video.
Experts have increasingly warned that the technique could soon fuel the spread of misinformation.
Deepfakes hobbyists have used the controversial video-editing technology to create short clips of world leaders, including Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin as well as presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton.
Some experts have said the videos could be realistic enough to manipulate future elections and global political as soon as 2020.
What those “experts” are actually saying is that the videos made by enthusiasts and average people could be realistic enough to manipulate upcoming elections.
If the government or some other body with millions on hand decided to produce one of these, they would be able to produce something no one could recognize as fake. There would be people claiming it was fake, but there are already people doing that.
And it’s only a couple of years before any random jerk-off will be able to make a totally convincing fake video of anyone saying or doing anything.
Video of something happening will no longer be proof that it happened. And I guarantee you, there is going to be a period of time where people suffer severe consequences for this, before it is decided that we just have to basically abandon the medium of video entirely. Meaning we will be going back to a previous reality, where the only way you could be sure something happened is if you saw it with your own eyes.
And from there, we will very quickly move into a reality where seeing something with your own eyes is not proof that it really happened.
In such a situation, reality itself will actually stop existing, as all reality actually is is a series of agreed-upon premises.
We live in very interesting times, that’s for sure.