Jordan Peterson Calls for Criminalization of Deep Fakes
- The internet has seen an influx of deep fake videos, which are video clips generated with AI technology
- The first of these were created to create adult entertainment, but they soon spread and became more sophisticated and realistic
- Deep fakes can be used to spark panic, start real conflicts, or blackmail victims
- Jordan Peterson claims that creating such videos should be a crime.
Deepfakes: A Growing Threat to Democracy and Privacy
- The proliferation of deepfakes has become a serious threat to democracy
- This was highlighted by an incident in 2021 where members of the European Parliament were shocked to discover they had been speaking with a deepfake of Putin critic Leonard Volkov
- In order to convince the global population of their war efforts, Russia released an entirely fake video of President Zidinski telling Ukrainian troops to lay down their arms and surrender
- Deepfakes have been used for insidious purposes, such as creating fake advertisements, as well as for entertainment with victims being stripped of their rights to their own body and privacy
- Major sites have banned these kinds of deepfakes, but legislation is still far away.
Uproar Over Imitation Videos: Combatting Deep Fakes Proves Difficult
- Imitation videos, also referred to as “deep fakes” or “defects”, have become popular and prevalent on the internet
- These videos use facial recognition technology to imitate celebrities and notable influencers, often without their knowledge or consent
- This has caused a huge uproar in the online community, with victims of these videos having little legal recourse
- Additionally, due to the quick progression of technology, legislation is slow and combatting these videos has been difficult
- With current techniques such as spotters, audio and lighting defects may be detectable with the naked eye but they are not foolproof
- As deep fake programs continue to develop, it may become increasingly difficult—if not impossible—to detect them.