We are being warned that by next year AI Deep Fakes will be dominant and no one will be able to tell the photos or videos are fake at all! Which takes us into the Matrix of Deep Fakes used by our intelligence agencies. Deep Fakes used by media propagandists. Deep Fakes used by Hollywood.
Recognizing errors in current Deep Fakes has focused on hands, digits, teeth, and feet. AI has yet to perfect the minutiae details. As such, Deep Fakes typically present an unflawed face, no lines, no wrinkles, and a perfection of beauty. Or they present as incongruent; wrinkles under one eye but not the other. Another give-away is facial hair. AI paints hair on with a flat appearance or drawn lines.
Pictures can be framed and studied for inconsistencies, but videos tend to be much more difficult to discern setting up staged events with overlays and AI technology that can be used for propaganda. Used to sway emotions. Or to simply deceive. As we approach the 2024 election, Deep Fakes are highly likely to emerge that confuse and scare populations to react outside of reality.
“Armed with the ability to make politicians and other public figures do or say anything, political bad actors can spread falsehoods quickly, potentially interfering with elections and public health initiatives.” ~Norton. Some common mistakes a Deep Fake video makes today is a voice that takes no breath, eyes that don’t blink, a wandering eye, a mouth that is lopsided, NOT a lot to go on unless you study frame after frame.
But it begs the question – how much of war video is Deep Fake? “Deep Fakes use footage, pictures and audio recordings of real people to create a map for a Fake video.” Overlaying. Underlaying. Inserting sound. And sometimes adding an extra finger or a backwards thumb. For Example: Recent Deep Fakes were released showing Michelle Obama pregnant. But they used Michelle Obama’s face at today’s age, photoshopped, a huge baby bump, and exposed she had having six fingers. Oops. Everyone laughed.
A deep fake of Obama was released in which the voiceover was done by someone else who could mimic Obama’s voice and intonation. Hollywood loves Deep Fake because they can alter an actor’s age, appearance, weight, and physique however they deem viable for their purpose. Barbra Streisand could become svelte. They can even resurrect someone who is dead and AI imprints mannerisms from being fed reams of old footage.
A positive usage is that Deep Fakes can be used in ads to promote the image of someone who is famous without paying them to act – instead, perhaps they are paid an ‘image fee’. AI can create the background, the sets, and Hollywood is now completely transformed and much less expensive. The super stars no longer need to be paid exorbitant wages. Artists are effectively eliminated. Set designers and construction – eliminated.
Fine tuning the quirks – by next year, AI engineers claim those remaining quirks will be brushed out. And reality will not exist.
How often has this technology been used to transport Biden to places he never goes? To impose Zelenskyy in Kyiv when in reality he is snorting cocaine in his Italian Villa? Body doubles will be out of a job in the political spectrum. The point is the nefarious uses to mislead, to incite, and to deceive public opinion is MUCH more fearful than Hollywood glamourizing..
In their infancy, Deep Fakes were used in the Syrian War. Poorly. AI was not programmed for proper lighting. The same faces appeared over and over in different rescue scenes. It is highly likely Deep Fakes have been used in Israel’s war against Palestine. Palestine doesn’t have the technology – but Israel most certainly does. A Deep Fake photo of a ‘charred child’ was revealed – to be Fake. The supposed interrogation of a Hamas prisoner was Deep Fake. The obscurity is heightened when flipped and discerning Reality as Fake becomes a whole other problematic construct.
Supposed ‘Disinformation Tzars’ are in charge of making the call if something is Real of Fake – are they experts? No. There is no such thing as an expert person being able to determine fake vs real imagery. We are thus left with an application that could literally foment WWIII and a nuclear response… Oops.
Some brain-flawed individuals have supported using authentication techniques instead of de-authentication. Of course this has been WIDELY circumvented by ‘experts’ who create money, credit cards, identities, passports, etc… ALL supposedly authenticated. It is not unlike the security apparatus of computers is simply another challenge for the hackers. Or the Modigliani’s sitting in the Louvre? Are they real? Why would Manet sign his artwork on the right of the painting and other times on the left? Art critics – let it go. Because the painting is hanging in the Louvre. And art experts – well – make mistakes.
The Music Festival bothers me. The video’s always focus on one or two particular images and everyone else is far away in the background. Then there is the question – who is doing the videoing running backward 2-3 feet away from the closeup? And why? Where are the 200-500 parents grieving? I think so far the media has presented perhaps 4… Why don’t these young people have a social media presence? I am not a Fake Video expert, I am barely an amateur. But I do have valid logistical questions.
Because IF, the entire Music Festival attack was Faked, and used by Netanyahu as the impetus for emotional rage to seek vengeance and justification for the brutal chaotic bombing of Palestine while declaring them to be ‘animals’! – This was a ‘test’. For something much bigger.
Israel’s biggest failure in this genocide was anticipating the global alliance with Israel against Palestine. Instead, the globe shifted to an ‘anti-war’ stance and an ‘anti-genocide’ stance that has leveled the entire West into cleanup mode on aisle 3, 5, 10, 15, 40, 10023…
Fatal Flaw – never overestimate your success. Fatal Flaw – In a 2001 video, Netanyahu is discussing his strategy for bombing Palestine; “To Strike Them Several Times So that The Strike is so Painful, That the Price Is Unbearable”. This resonates with his mindset, his abject hatred, his desire for death so strongly, so discompassionately, he reveals a dark, dark soul, indeed. Finding the ability to side with such a monster is core to the protests staged across the GLOBE.
“The Art of War Is A Road To Safety – Or, To Ruin.”