Experts fear deepfake technology may influence future elections

March 19, 2019 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Ever seen actors Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Lawrence in the same movie? 

What about the same body? 

A video that blended Buscemi's face with Lawrence's body with the use of so-called deepfake technology has gone viral. 

Like much of Buscemi's work, the video can only be described as creep-tacular. 

Deepfake technology creates digitally altered video by using machine-learning to create a mask, which is put onto real footage. The first use that developers found for it was, of course, pasting the faces of movie stars onto porn.  

Well done, adults.  

But it has experts concerned that it will actually influence future elections. While victims of deepfake pornography may have some protection under existing laws against defamation or extortion, the creation of deepfake videos for misinformation campaigns is not yet illegal.  

It has been banned from many online platforms, and legislators are considering bills to prevent it.

For now, you need to know that you can't believe everything you're seeing with your own eyes. Or those of Buscemi pasted onto blonde hair in a ballgown.