Ever since Russia invaded his country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has encouraged his people to fight. But in early March, a new video of Zelenskyy appeared on social media. He had a shocking new message.
He was telling his people to put down their weapons and surrender.
But wait a minute. Something seemed . . . wrong. The president’s accent sounded off. His head looked strange.
This wasn’t a video of President Zelenskyy at all. This was a Russian deepfake.
Social media platforms quickly removed the deceptive video. But people had already shared it and commented on it. The video had even made it to Ukrainian TV.
Such realistic fakeries used to take whole Hollywood studios to produce. But now almost anyone can create them from home with the power of artificial intelligence.
Want to make a video of your friend look like it actually features Donald Trump? Don’t painstakingly animate every frame. Just download a deepfake app. Start by feeding the program sample videos of the person you want to copy. The more footage you have, the more the program can learn. The program uses these samples to build a face map. You can apply that face to any video of any person—as long you have the patience to wait for all that data to process!
Some artists use this technology for entertainment. The popular Star Wars franchise has used deepfakes to bring a young Luke Skywalker back to the screen. Content creators on YouTube use deepfakes to imagine other actors in their favorite movie roles.
But many fear the dangers of this technology—with good reason. Russia used a deepfake of the Ukrainian leader to try to win a war. Deepfake creators could make fake videos of politicians to influence elections. And if you get caught on camera doing something bad, you can just say, “It was a deepfake!”
The Bible tells us to put away falsehood and speak the truth. When companies like Disney use deepfakes to bring back old characters, everyone knows it’s just an actor on a screen. But when deepfake creators use the technology to tell lies about other people, that’s slander—and it’s a sin. God hates slander so much that He says that one who slanders a neighbor deserves destruction. (Psalm 101:5)
Experts worry the line between true and false will be blurred forever. If we can’t trust videos, what can we trust?
The answer, of course, is that we can trust the God of truth. Because He’s stronger than any lie—even deepfakes.
Why? New technologies like deepfakes can open exciting possibilities. They also can be used for evil. But when truth is in doubt, we can trust the God of truth.
This is Katie
Oh, what have we unleashed
I wish I could deepfake myself to look like a friend. She is so pretty, all of the boys in the class like her!
This is Sophia
uhh... you could. This is extremelly creepy!
Honestly, these Russian communists are crazy.
This is trouble. I didn’t know about deepfake until I read this article… I’m fine with Disney etc. using it for movies, but using it to manipulate and lie? No thanks.
I don't think that's the point of deepfaking. If you wanted to make your friend say something, you could, but deepfaking is not about making yourself look like someone else. It's about making someone else's image do what you want.
Phew, this article is kind of heavy. Definitely gives a lot to think about.
I also had never heard the term deepfake before reading this article, and the consideration that this could be used in the news and other such resources is kind of disturbing.
Lord, give us eyes to see through to your truth, and not on things that are on earth.
My brain works weird
What if there was portable deepfake tech? like if people learned how to use frubber to make facemasks* that can change
*not the dumb facemask, like ones you wear to jumpscare your friends
I can't believe the picture of the woman they used as an example. The original model looks nothing like either the original or the deepfake. This could definitely be dangerous.
this can change how the world
this can change how the world is run, people have to learn more about deepfakes or the world will be a confusing place.
OH MY GOODNESS!!!
This is terrifying I mean we could literally have spies in America but they could deep fake their faces and manipulate all of America then the world would just fall to ruin in a third World War.
This is one of those times I wish technology didn't make it as far as it did .
Thats really creepy and even more creepy if the Russians are doing that.
That is terrifying and I REALLY hope Russia doesn't do that to our country. I would like one of those apps though because it would be fun to play around with
It’s funny how they spoiled Luke skywalker in the Mandolorian
You don’t have to change how you look so that some dumb boys in your class will like you. The right one will come along :) you’ll see
Umm you know that The United States could have spies in Russia and other places, thanks to technology
RUSSIA IS TERRIBLE
russia you have gone too far on this one It's not cool. How many people were captured or killed like a grandma who didn't see well could have not looked when she walked outside on a walk
hay teen huych i agree write backif ya can
this is terifing Id love to lurn how to do this and screw up some memes XD