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We never thought it would become viral and we would not be able to control the traffic. And therein lies the true horror — that one dingy corner of the deepfake industry has been shut down, but several copycat programs will inevitably spring up in its place. I am sure of this because, despite the majority of deepfake hysteria zoning in on doctored videos of President Donald Trump and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the original — and most common — use of this sinister form of AI has always been to degrade, humiliate and control women. But the harm they cause the women they victimise is incalculable. Want insider tips on happiness, health, relaxation and more? Sign up for the Stylist Loves Wellbeing email. Men using tools like the popular FakeApp to create pornographic videos which graft the faces of colleagues, ex-girlfriends and celebrities onto the bodies of porn actors is not new. And the high-profile cases alone are enough to send a chill down your spine. Just this week, a doctored image featuring US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was circulated in a Facebook group of US border agents, appearing to show her engaging in oral sex at a migrant facility. The development of easy-to-use, increasingly convincing deepfake technology is a terrifying nightmare become real, and no one is more at risk than women.
Immediately, speculation and concern about the technology's potential wider uses began.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York whose outspokenness and progressive views have made her a target of conservatives, lashed out at the right-wing news site The Daily Caller after it posted an article on Monday showing a photo that had been falsely described as a nude selfie of the congresswoman with an emphasis on her feet. Confused yet? A photo that was apparently taken by a woman in a bathtub, showing her from the shins down, had been making the rounds on social media. This led people to describe the photo as a nude selfie.
Deepfakes, AI-manipulated videos that often make it appear as if someone is doing or saying something they never actually did, have entered mainstream culture. In , deepfakes or high-profile edits have disrupted politics, mocked the most popular TV show in the world, and inspired action by US senators and the Pentagon. The manipulations are relatively new, only surfacing from individual Reddit users in , most often putting celebrity faces into pornographic movies. Their rapid development from porn to popular culture has researchers scrambling to keep up in an effort to create detection software that could prevent deepfakes from being used to spread disinformation. Read more stories like this on Business Insider. The mode of manipulation, and deepfakery as a pastime, was seemingly popularized around pornography, in which denizens of certain online communities would swap celebrity faces with those found in porn. Now, following earlier warnings in around the initial deepfake movement, the nightmare scenario has become a reality as some of the most influential people in the world, and their audiences, have become targets of deepfakers. The videos were significant because they marked the first notable instance of a single person who was able to easily and quickly create high-quality and convincing fake videos. According to AI-researcher Alex Champandard, who spoke to Vice, the process of creating a deepfake could take just a few hours with a consumer-grade graphics card.