Deeply Fake Videos Make People Doubt What They See With Their Own Eyes

An “E&P Reports” Vodcast with Mike Blinder

You may already be familiar with “deep fakes” – the colloquial term for manipulating video, distorting its reality with a particular rhetorical goal in mind. But how ubiquitous, easy to use, and compelling have deep counterfeits become in recent years?

On this 135th episode of E&P Reports, Host and E&P Publisher Mike Blinder; guest Sam Gregory, program director at WITNESS.org; and E&P contributor Gretchen Peck discuss artificial intelligence (AI) in video and audio and how computer-generated graphics (CGI) technologies have become exponentially more sophisticated and accessible in recent years.

Find out how AI will be used to take this very vodcast recording and translate the host’s voice into Spanish – as if Blinder himself speaks the language. This allows E&P Reports to reach a much wider Spanish-speaking audience here in the United States and around the world.

The group also discussed the infamous Tom Cruise deep fake that circulated on TikTok and how a Russian propaganda deep fake emerged to show Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy encouraging his country and troops to surrender to Russia. . It was a stark example of the potential dangerousness of a deep-fake deployment.

How much of a threat are deep fakes to journalism, journalists and truth itself? It is now up to journalists and documentarians to invest resources in digital forensics to verify the veracity and sources of video content, so they can be part of the solution to stopping the spread of misinformation.

Listen/watch now and check out E&P’s May issue for a deeper dive into deep fakes.

John C. Dent