Deepfakes: the coming infocalypse

Earlier this week, I wrote about our need for more “non-virtual reality” in the form of genuine, face-to-face human interaction as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Telecommunications Society is presenting a webinar on June 29 that looks at “Deepfakes: The Coming Infocalypse”, examining Deepfakes.

Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence scanned images of a person to be transformed into new video images to place them in scenarios and situations that never actually happened. Combined with voice and sound manipulation, the results can be convincing.

So-called ‘Deep Fakes’ are not only a real threat for democracy but they take the manipulation of voters to new levels. They will also affect ordinary people. This crisis of misinformation we are facing has been dubbed the ‘Infocalypse’.

In this presentation, Nina Schick will reveal shocking examples of Deep Fakery and explain the dangerous political consequences of the Infocalypse, both in terms of national security and what it means for public trust in politics. She will also examine what it means for us as individuals and what we need to do to prepare and protect ourselves. Too often we build the cool technology and ignore what bad guys can do with it before we start playing catch-up. But when it comes to Deep Fakes, we urgently need to be on the front foot.

Nina Schick is an author, advisor and speaker, specializing in how technology is transforming geopolitics and society, and helping organizations and businesses understand and navigate technological changes.

See you June 29.

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