We can only guess how long military, CIA, DARPA, and civilian initiatives have been working on technology designed to bypass attempts to determine provenance and to establish chain of custody of evidence, or, at minimum, to blur it to uselessness. And that’s just here. But every time data is changed there is a trail, so in theory it’s possible to identify deep fakes and any manipulation in the history of the data file. However, there is a shortage of digital forensic investigators, and a dearth of judges, lawyers, and juries, who don’t, can’t, or won’t understand testimony about it — especially if it might exonerate someone.
I think the deep fakes hysteria is a response to recent major leaks of compromising information. Those who have personal photos and videos of themselves being released (Prince Andrew, Hunter Biden et al) need to flood the space with fakes and seed the minds of the public with the idea that any of it could have been faked.
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