Have you ever heard of a “deepfake”? Computer scientist Supasorn Suwajanakorn breaks down how fake videos of real people are made using AI and 3D modeling.
The implications for politics are clear: Americans need to be able to discern the difference between real and fake videos to make informed decisions as citizens.
Researchers like Suwajanakorn are developing programs that will help separate the real videos from the fake online, but we can’t rely on any algorithm to separate fact from fiction for us. It is our duty to work on cultivating on the same kinds of skills we use to separate real news from fake news to guide our assessment of what we see online.