We are being abandoned to those who abuse technology to rewrite the past and the present
Technological “advance” is updating the motto of the 12th-century Assassins. Whereas the Ismaili sect said: “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”, the malicious, embittered, mentally disturbed and pornographically minded will soon make every truth a lie and every lie true.
We did not reach fake news saturation with the Brexit referendum and the Trump presidential campaign. We have barely tipped our toe in the dark waters. Artificial intelligence will allow smartphone users to generate synthetic voices and images that reach a Hollywood level of special effects at next to no cost and with minimum effort. If your enemies have video of you, they can make you appear in a porn scene so authentic only you will know it’s false. If they have a recording of your voice, they can have you mouthing racist slogans that could get you fired. Some are already doing it. Deep fake tools, such as FakeApp, are the beginning of an explosion in online lying that makes fake news indistinguishable from real.