When deepfake becomes deepreal
Now, this video is wonky and isn’t going to fool anyone who gives it more than a cursory glance, and at the very end of the video 'Trump’ says it’s a fake. But these videos only need to be marginally better than this before they’re good enough to make a chunk of their audience think they might be real.
And the confusion that spreads from not knowing what’s real and fake is only part of the problem. You know what’s pretty easy to do, and would cause even more trouble? Manipulating real footage to look like it’s a deepfake, and thus less trustworthy.
If you make people unable to trust anything they see - or at least make them think there’s a slim chance everyone is lying to them, you can manipulate them in dangerous ways.
While it may be possible to stop political parties using such techniques, stopping their supporters may be a lot harder.
We’re not quite there, but every day we’re inching closer.