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  • Writer's pictureAngela Arp

Beginners Guide to Deepfake

Deepfake in images and videos have been in the news for a while, but now we're starting to hear about deepfakes on voices. Last Friday, someone used ChatGPT to create a fake of Rihanna singing Beyoncé's "Cuff It"; it is clear that Rihanna's voice is AI-generated.

It's important to note that while deepfakes can be used for harmless entertainment purposes, they also have the potential to be used for more nefarious purposes, such as spreading disinformation or manipulating political discourse.

Deepfakes include computer-generated videos, images, or voices that use advanced machine-learning algorithms to impersonate a person's face, mannerisms, or voice. This deceitful media can be used for various purposes, from creating humorous videos to spreading false information.

The best way to be prepared for deepfakes is to ask the hard questions and learn as much as possible about them.

In hopes of clearing up any myths, we assembled an FAQ to help destigmatize deepfakes.

How are deepfakes created? Deepfakes are created using machine-learning algorithms, specifically deep neural networks. These networks are trained using large amounts of data to learn how to create lifelike photos, videos, or voices. What is the risk of a deepfake? Deepfakes can be used to spread false information or manipulate public opinion. For example, a deepfake video could be created to make it appear like a politician said or did something they didn't. It's essential to be aware of these risks and protect yourself from the potential harm deepfakes can cause, including being cautious with your information sources and staying up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices. How can you detect deepfakes? There are various ways to detect deepfakes, such as analyzing the facial expressions and movements of the person in the video or using software tools to detect manipulation of the vocal recordings. Deepfake detection is an ongoing challenge that requires a combination of expertise and technology. How can you protect yourself from deepfakes? It's essential to be cautious when viewing videos or images online and to verify their authenticity before sharing or believing them. You can also use software tools to help detect deepfakes or seek out reliable sources for information.
Can deepfakes be used for good? Deep fakes can be used for entertainment, such as creating realistic-looking performances by deceased celebrities. They can also be used in research and development, such as creating virtual training environments for medical professionals or realistic simulations for disaster response training.

In conclusion, while deep akes can be used for both positive and negative purposes, it's essential to be aware of the risks and take steps to protect yourself and others from the harmful effects of false information.



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