Deep fakes and 2020 elections

I’m here at the TechCrunch Robotics and AI conference (#TCRobotics) in Berkeley and the topic of deep fakes was being discussed at a panel.

The conversation of deep fakes in 2020 US elections was interesting in a panel with Alexei Efros (UC BerKeley) and Hany Farid (Dartmouth College.)

AI synthesized fake

What we have been calling a deep fake is technically “AI synthesized fake.”

“AI-based tools are proving capable of fabricating or modifying imagery and audio in ways that are nearly indistinguishable from reality.”

It’s easily accessible and being used in fictional and non-fictional scenarios with different consequences.

It’s inevitable we will see these AI synthesized fakes in 2020 elections.

We will see denials of real facts labeled as fake. And obviously we will see fakes distributed as real.

“In other words, we are screwed.”

Eventually we will get over it and treat AI synthesized fakes similar to how we treat photoshopped pictures, but for 2020 elections we are still screwed.

PS: Here is the Obama video.