At a time when we are more dependent on the information that comes to us via electronic means – television, internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc. – what we read is what we tend to believe. Add to it photos or even videos and the credibility goes up exponentially.
In Deepfakes: The Coming Infocalypse, Nina Schick explains where the term “deepfake” comes from and the dangers they pose. In basic terms, it is the creation of pictures or video that look like a person who it isn’t. This could be a politician, actor, someone famous, or just a “person”.
The technology to create them has advanced to where anybody can do it.
When you can’t tell what is or isn’t real, how will your perceptions of the world change? Nina Schick provides us chilling examples that lead to the conclusion that this misinformation will lead us to an “infocalypse.”