The ever-evolving, volatile digital world is beginning to witness an interesting, yet dangerous, phenomenon: Deepfakes. The most prominent promoters of the infamous “fake news” phenomenon have taken reality distortion to a whole new level, one where one day you may wake up and see a video of yourself saying or doing something you have never said or done.
Deepfakes are an audiovisual manipulation that can make any face or body appear to say or do anything the creator desires. The problem is, this content becomes undistinguishable from reality, forcing you to, among other things, go against your own basic principles for understanding the world. The most differentiating factor of deepfakes, which are a more sophisticated version of fake news, is its biological roots. We are naturally programmed to trust what we see. As human beings, sight is the most relevant sense when it comes to interpreting reality, and thus, the potential for manipulation rises exponentially.
In “Deepfakes: Reputation’s next big threat,” you will learn where deepfakes come from and how communication and reputation are key to dealing with them.