A NEW DIGITAL EFFECTS TECHNOLOGY IS DELIGHTING HOLLYWOOD BUT TERRIFYING THE US GOVERNMENT
A new generation of "deepfake" videos has the potential to change reality as we know it. Deepfakes are synthetic media created by Artificial Intelligence - technology that can make real people say and do things they never actually did.
An intriguing program following two investigative journalists as they do a deep dive into an emerging technology with explosive potential. Until recently, deepfakes videos were mostly a staple of the dark web, their subject matter mainly porn. Now the technology is coming out of the shadows and into the mainstream.
In Bangkok, Chris, one of the best deepfakers has drawn attention of millions of social media followers by recently creating the Tom Cruise TikTok video - that wasn’t Tom Cruise. Chris is pleased with his success and believes he is raising awareness of what can be achieved.
TikTok Tom was so convincing, he beat nearly all the latest deepfake detection technology, racking up millions of online views and becoming a global AI sensation.
But some US security experts see him as a harbinger of dangers to come, a technology that can now be weaponised; fake politicians declaring war...fake CEOs triggering the collapse of financial markets. In Washington, a former CIA officer, has changed career path to now advising corporate America on how to combat the rising tide of digital disinformation. He believes in the national security context, there is no end to the nightmare scenario.
Recently the FBI issued an unprecedented warning to business and financial markets, declaring that that it was almost certain that in the next 12 – 18 months, (they) would be the victims of synthetic media attacks.
So will TikTok Tom, born of neural networks and machine learning, be harnessed, and regulated, to entertain us? - or will he usher in a real-world version of Hollywood's ‘dystopian future’? Stay tuned.
A Foreign Correspondent story