Don’t look now: the age of deepfakes is here, and it’s terrifying

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Don’t look now: the age of deepfakes is here, and it’s terrifying

Manipulated videos hold the potential to start wars and swing elections, but there is a way to fight it

Ellie Zolfagharifard and Laurence Dodds

President Donald Trump straightens his tie, glares into the camera and takes a deep breath. “We will strike back against Russia with our full military force,” he says slowly, puffing out his chest. “As of today, we are at war.”

Almost instantly, the video is shared on thousands of Twitter feeds, WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages, causing mass panic and confusion. Within minutes, it is outed as a deepfake: an AI-generated clip created by a group of hackers who have also infiltrated America’s power networks to cause chaos in schools, hospitals and on roads.

But it’s too late. By now, millions have heard the news that Trump is waging war following attacks on US critical infrastructure...

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