Facebook's Zuckerberg Faces The Scary Future Of Fake Videos

Deepfake videos were originally videos generated using AI to essentially photoshop a fake face onto a face on another video, however since then the tasks deepfakes can do have diversified, have become more accurate and become easier to create. For example, audio version of deepfakes were recently created, which mapped someone’s voice onto predefined words, and all of this can be done from a packaged up software tool you can download online with a few clicks of a button.

The two different deepfake technologies combined with lip-syncing to create an extremely scary finished package. This finished product, called VDR (video dialogue replacement) can allow someone to download a video of someone and as long as they have audio of the person speaking and photos too, they can edit the words of the video to say something completely different.

Now back to the main topic, a team of 2 artists in the United Kingdom used this technology to create a completely convincing video of Mark Zuckerberg speaking words of someone who controls all the data in the world: "Imagine this for a second: One man, with total control of billions of people's stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures”

The link for the video can be found by clicking here.

Facebook, trying not to move towards increased censorship has decided not to remove such fake videos, including this video of Mark Zuckerberg and the fake video of Pelosi, but as technology moves forward and advances, it won’t be long until this issue becomes big again when someone makes a controversial video and it will cause another storm and at some point, Facebook will have to take a stance that isn’t just ignoring the issue.

Top: CGI Bottom: Deepfake

Top: CGI
Bottom: Deepfake

Just as a show of how far deepfakes have come, top is the best Princess Leia CGI artists can offer with a budget that is likely in the millions, and bottom is a much more natural looking Princess Leia generated for free using a few pictures of the princess from earlier in the movie. The technology of deepfakes has already eclipsed entire studios of highly paid professional CGI artists in this short of a time period, how long until this powerful tool is used for evil?