Deepfakes: Is This Video Even Real? | NYT Opinion

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  • Published: 14 August 2019
  • In the video Op-Ed above, Claire Wardle responds to growing alarm around “deepfakes” — seemingly realistic videos generated by artificial intelligence. First seen on Reddit with pornographic videos doctored to feature the faces of female celebrities, deepfakes were made popular in 2018 by a fake public service announcement featuring former President Barack Obama. Words and faces can now be almost seamlessly superimposed. The result: We can no longer trust our eyes.

    In June, the House Intelligence Committee convened a hearing on the threat deepfakes pose to national security. And platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are contemplating whether, and how, to address this new disinformation format. It’s a conversation gaining urgency in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

    Yet deepfakes are no more scary than their predecessors, “shallowfakes,” which use far more accessible editing tools to slow down, speed up, omit or otherwise manipulate context. The real danger of fakes — deep or shallow — is that their very existence creates a world in which almost everything can be dismissed as false.

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Comments • 518

  • UY scuti
    UY scuti  2 hours back

    The media has been manipulating us for so long
    Now it's time for us to manipulate them

    • Francisco Garcia
      Francisco Garcia  10 hours back

      The propaganda program is the weapon of the journalist!

      • Daffodil
        Daffodil  15 hours back

        "Let us tell you about a technology invented by human kind, under God. Now let us tell you what you should think about it because for some reason anything having to do with truth, technology, and balance belongs to the cult who runs the NYT and our subsidiaries. It's time you remember that all things belong to our opinion."

        • Nothando Moloi
          Nothando Moloi  17 hours back

          She’s got such a great camera presence 😊

          • michael guzman
            michael guzman  22 hours back

            Great video! Maybe the government should enforce strict laws and regulations for the internet that criminally get you in trouble. Like if you’d ruin someone’s life or something

            • Samuel115s
              Samuel115s  1 days back

              Wow, catfishing in the future is gonna be insane.

              • Zain Mehmood
                Zain Mehmood  2 days back

                When she said "I'm not Adele" I gasped

                • S B
                  S B  2 days back

                  You can tell it’s face tho

                  • Redo Redo
                    Redo Redo  5 days back

                    I'm not Adele wtf moment

                    • M O N I R O T H
                      M O N I R O T H  1 weeks back

                      I didn’t even read the title and freak out “OMG ADELE IS BACK” 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

                      • M O N I R O T H
                        M O N I R O T H  1 weeks back

                        I didn’t even read the title and freak out “OMG ADELE IS BACK” 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

                        • Kelly1999
                          Kelly1999  1 weeks back

                          I thought this lady was Adele 😂

                          • Cra-zy Vi-bez
                            Cra-zy Vi-bez  2 weeks back

                            Black mirror's next episode.

                            • Spring Bloom
                              Spring Bloom  2 weeks back

                              Gotta love the objectivity, here 😒

                              • stefan
                                stefan  2 weeks back

                                She's not common enough to be Adele.

                                • Ali G
                                  Ali G  2 weeks back

                                  Liar's dividend is scary.

                                  • Optimus Phoenix Prime
                                    Optimus Phoenix Prime  2 weeks back

                                    Deep fake 🕵️‍♀️ Love
                                    . Hypergamy

                                    • Optimus Phoenix Prime
                                      Optimus Phoenix Prime  2 weeks back

                                      Deep fake Bibles 🕵️‍♀️

                                      • Sanjok Gurung
                                        Sanjok Gurung  3 weeks back

                                        Really wish her teeth were deepfaked.

                                        • Ryan Ambrose
                                          Ryan Ambrose  3 weeks back

                                          No one is freaking out

                                          • Knowledge Is Key
                                            Knowledge Is Key  3 weeks back

                                            Its the eyes, thats how you spot a deep fake

                                            • C
                                              C  3 weeks back

                                              Adele deepfake.. becomes Nick Nolte deepfake.

                                              • Kundan Kumar
                                                Kundan Kumar  3 weeks back

                                                One day people will be doing deep fakes in real time 😂😂

                                                • Ava Gaughan
                                                  Ava Gaughan  3 weeks back

                                                  Omg the Stranger Things music I'm--

                                                  • Screw This
                                                    Screw This  4 weeks back

                                                    What happened to New York Times 100%, hand on heart, this is true when it came to the Covington kids?

                                                    I guess that hyperbolic hand waving was worth the risk.

                                                    • Clips on Clips
                                                      Clips on Clips  4 weeks back

                                                      This is just another "intellectual" making predictions that will age TERRIBLY.

                                                      • madlarkin8
                                                        madlarkin8  4 weeks back

                                                        The message is clear: only listen to trusted news sources like CNN, the new york times, MSNBC, VOX, VICE, washington post. Their journalistic integrity will keep them from using context and omission to pursue an agenda, unlike people on youtube who could really be lying or selectively ignoring information.

                                                        😉💥🔫

                                                        • arturoperezify
                                                          arturoperezify  4 weeks back

                                                          The technology itself isn't scary. The problem is how gullible people can be.

                                                          • Jay Thompson
                                                            Jay Thompson  4 weeks back

                                                            If you slow down a video of a drunk person talking, the person is still drunk

                                                            • Tim Brady
                                                              Tim Brady  4 weeks back

                                                              Pelosi seems drunk at regular speed . The more corrections a newspaper has to issue works in the same way , makes them less likely to be believed on their future stories , used to be an incentive for them to not publish till they had it right but that seems to have fallen by the way side.

                                                              • wiki leaks
                                                                wiki leaks  4 weeks back

                                                                Nice...
                                                                Technology is awsm
                                                                But most of the people are UNEDUCATED and are being manipulated by power/politicians

                                                                • David Foster
                                                                  David Foster  4 weeks back

                                                                  _"The hype is overblown"..._ LOL Give it a couple more years, and you won't know WHAT to believe (as if you do NOW)!

                                                                  • Deadrich
                                                                    Deadrich  4 weeks back

                                                                    "I am not Adele..."


                                                                    Wait I'm sorry, that was Adele's face ?

                                                                    • Prophet YouTube
                                                                      Prophet YouTube  4 weeks back

                                                                      Slimfast!

                                                                      • Maynne Millares
                                                                        Maynne Millares  1 months back

                                                                        lol, The New York Times itself is a Fakenews outlet. A George Soros-funded organization for decades. Look whose talking.

                                                                        • Gin Jones
                                                                          Gin Jones  4 weeks back

                                                                          Got a link to prove it's soros funded? I thought it was basically a charity kept alive by rich people to give their mediocre children a job and status above their abilities.

                                                                      • zer0edgy
                                                                        zer0edgy  1 months back

                                                                        0:24 Tinder photo be like
                                                                        0:27 irl

                                                                        • Beda Vining
                                                                          Beda Vining  1 months back

                                                                          When you barely know what Adele looks like so you aren’t even bamboozled

                                                                          • L O V E
                                                                            L O V E  1 months back

                                                                            💛

                                                                            • Howie Bouthat
                                                                              Howie Bouthat  1 months back

                                                                              At your own logic...how do you even know the public over-react is even the actual public reaction?

                                                                              • Jonathan Massey
                                                                                Jonathan Massey  1 months back

                                                                                not one of these look real

                                                                                • Serena L
                                                                                  Serena L  1 months back

                                                                                  Scary man

                                                                                  • Captain Teeko
                                                                                    Captain Teeko  1 months back

                                                                                    Lol that corridor video of Tom cruise deep fake that wasn’t even good tbh lol

                                                                                    • S Garcia
                                                                                      S Garcia  1 months back

                                                                                      It's good that apparently, only republicans do this. It makes me wonder if possibly the NY TIMES is biased

                                                                                      • TRUMP 2Q2Q -
                                                                                        TRUMP 2Q2Q -  1 months back

                                                                                        Wow whata coincidence. How come all the mainstream media is suddenly so worried about deepfake videos effecting the 2020 election. I’m no prophet but mark my words I bet you a million dollars the reason they are warning people about this ahead of time is because they know tons of incriminating videos of corrupt politicians is coming and they need a scapegoat. Another prediction this whole ‘deep fake’ phenomenon is mainly going to be used to deceive people into thinking REAL videos are FAKE instead of trying to make FAKE videos look REAL because they know the technology is no where good enough to fool people into believing a fake video is real. But making a REAL VIDEO look fake is 100x easier.

                                                                                        • TRUMP 2Q2Q -
                                                                                          TRUMP 2Q2Q -  1 months back

                                                                                          I smell a scapegoat being created. Now dirty corrupt politicians can claim everything is fake.

                                                                                          • teamSAF bmx
                                                                                            teamSAF bmx  7 days back

                                                                                            Really? I smell fanbois using this as excuse to lie to themselves and say clearly real videos arent real. Trump fans will dismiss clearly real video evidence if it ever was unnearthed just as fans as Elizabeth Warren fans will ignore a truly damning video if it came out about her.. the politicans don't even have to yell deepfake beause all their sycophant fans will do it for them

                                                                                          • bear face
                                                                                            bear face  1 weeks back

                                                                                            as long as theres some experts who is willing to make a stand and is brave enough to verify the videos if it is edited or not. they won't succeed in using it as a scapegoat..

                                                                                        • Lucy Lincoln
                                                                                          Lucy Lincoln  1 months back

                                                                                          Anyone else hear Stranger Things themes in the music loop there? My weird ears...
                                                                                          Great video!! 👍 👍

                                                                                          • Rheta Yambaye
                                                                                            Rheta Yambaye  1 months back

                                                                                            I bet the black mirror prime minister wished he thought of that

                                                                                            • Reinulus Aurelius
                                                                                              Reinulus Aurelius  1 months back

                                                                                              About 99.99% of stuff that spoiled pampered western people squeal about being "dangerous" isn't dangerous at all in the least. It's like the west has became nations that are populated with grown-a** toddlers.