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Is it too late to regulate deepfakes?


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    Does anyone remember when Jordan Peel created the deepfake of former President Obama a couple years ago? Here it is if you need a reminder.

    I remember thinking at the time that it was pretty cool, but for some reason blindly assumed that there would be some regulations developed to make sure that this was more of a fun thing for amateurs to do in their spare time and not something that eventually made it impossible to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. A couple years later, I'm starting to become more concerned that deepfakes are being used more and more for nefarious reasons.

    I honestly don't know how you could put the genie back in the bottle, but the rapid expansion of deepfake technology does give me some pause. Is there anything that could be done to make it 100% clear to the viewer that they are watching an altered video or is it too late to do anything about it and will we just have to trust professionals to do their due diligence before reporting on a video that could be fake?

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    I don't think it's too late to do something about it but I do think it's going to be a big problem. The software is getting better and better by the day. It's going to get to a point where it'll be extremely hard to tell the difference.
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    TitanPillars Wrote: I don't think it's too late to do something about it but I do think it's going to be a big problem. The software is getting better and better by the day. It's going to get to a point where it'll be extremely hard to tell the difference.
    Can't agree more. The software is scary good right now. And it will continue to get better as time goes on. I could see people getting into legal trouble because someone deepfaked them committing a crime.
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    Blockchain technology is the only thing I can think of to help here. You need digital verification of authenticity and a public record with digital signatures via a public blockchain; that would prove real from fake. I think the internet would be a better place in most ways by adopting verification methods like blockchain.

    At the very least you could verify who uploaded the video (verifying the source) and also when the video was uploaded (verifying the timestamp). And then at that point its about trusting the source or not.