We've all heard the old saying: seeing is believing. Right? Not necessarily anymore.
New technologies will soon make it very easy for bad actors to manipulate videos of people -- politicians, law enforcement officials, celebrities, or anyone -- to say things they never said. This will cause many problems, one of which will be the increasing difficulty, or impossibility, for consumers to spoke fake news. CBS News explained:
"It starts with a selfie. Using that simple image, Hao Li, CEO of Los Angeles-based Pinscreen, can manipulate someone's face. You can literally put words in someone else's mouth. Li said it's all part of building a new virtual chat room world, but this type of advanced artificial intelligence technology is raising real eyebrows... For example, someone could take an image of President Trump and make him say something he didn't really say. Li said these kind of things are already possible in some ways. Comedian Jordan Peele used lip sync technology in a public service announcement (PSA) out Tuesday, warning against the dangers of fake news..."
Below is the PSA by Peele, which has already gotten more than 2.3 million views:
This is more confirmation that artificial intelligence is ripe for misuse by bad actors. The CBS News report also described some of the efforts by software developers to quickly create tools to spot manipulated images and video. Here's why:
"... at Pinscreen, Li said it won't take long before the line between what's real or not is erased. "It might be a year actually." "
Watch the entire CBS News report. These new image/video detection tools can't come soon enough. Consumers will need them. Journalists, military, intelligence, government watch-dog agencies, and corporate executives will need them, too. One can easily imagine bad actors using A.I. and other new technologies to create fake endorsements by celebrities of products, services, and/or politicians they really didn't endorse. What are your opinions?