In this ever-evolving technological world, there are serious concerns arising regarding the ability of troublemakers to make ultra realistic video content out of thin air.
The concerns are valid. If a high level video creator was able to make a believable video of a celebrity or political figure doing something truly heinous, it could potentially disrupt the entire society that the human race has built thus far.
Imagine a video leaking online that shows Hillary Clinton disparaging immigrants, or worse: There would be anarchy from the liberal left. Mass riots. Vitriol. Violence.
Now what if that video was something vile. Maybe involving children or animals? Yes, it’s a horrid thought, but something that truly evil would shake our nation to the very core. Now, what if all these images were completely fabricated, but with no way to prove that?
That is precisely what The Pentagon is concerned about.
Fake videos have become such a potentially disruptive threat that the high-tech research arm of the Pentagon is launching a contest in early July aimed at detecting “deepfakes,” hoax videos so realistic that they could trigger political scandal or even spark violent conflict.
Some 10 teams from major U.S. universities across the United States and Europe will compete in a two-week contest to devise techniques to distinguish between fake and real videos.
“The goal is to provide the general public … a set of tools that we can use to verify images, video and audio,”said Siwei Lyu, a computer scientist at the University at Albany that leads one of the research teams taking part in the contest, sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Fake videos, sometimes known as deepfakes, harness artificial intelligence and can be used to place people where they did not go, and say things they never said. As fake videos improve,they could rock both people and nations, even inflame religious tensions, experts said.