We’ve been seeing this word a lot lately. Let’s delve into what it is and what it means.
According to whatis.techtarget.com, it is an AI-based technology. It is used to alter videos to show something that didn’t happen. It comes from a Reddit user who changed clips of celebrities and used regular people in these clips.
So this is not just pasting your face over a celebrity image but rather using AI technology to create the clips making it even more polished.
This article from CNN has a lot of information that shows how this technology is made. It also sounds the warning of what may happen regarding the political atmosphere in our country concerning deepfakes.
Many celebrities are concerned about deepfakes because people have swapped their image onto porn films, thus invading their privacy and making something that didn’t happen go on social or other media.
Here is a video from Nova/PBS
Here is a TedTalk by Supasorn Suwajanakorn
Remember when people were first getting connected in the late 90s and early 2000s? Emails would travel round and round to everybody and their friends and family. No one would think twice about getting a joke and feeling the obligation to pass it on to everyone in their address book. Not so much anymore.
I wax nostalgic remembering all the emails and then going to Snopes.com to look up the stories to see if they were true. Snopes was the “fake news” buster everyone would check with. Fake news can come in different format these days. It can be a tweet, a post, or even a news article. Snopes still has it covered. They have changed the format of their website quite a bit. They have sections called What’s New, Hot 50, Fact Check, News, Video, and Archive. They even have a Random button that will bring a different item every time you click it.
While looking at their site, we found they are trying to raise some money to keep going. You can visit their GoFundMe page.
So whether it’s a preposterous post, nonsensical news, or a totally thin tweet, you can still look it up at snopes.com!