Technology is an amazing thing, but it can also be incredibly scary at the same time. The one big area of technology that perhaps scares me the most though is deepfakes – where videos can be created using artificial intelligence to show people doing things are actually not doing. It’s a technology that is remarkably realistic and frighteningly dangerous that is likely to only increase the amount of fake news and conspiracy theories that we already find on the internet.
Its dangerous technology that governments around the world want to ensure doesn’t make too much of an impact with even China (as reported by Reuters) drafting a law that makes it a criminal offence to publish deepfakes or indeed fake news without disclosure. The rules go into effect on January 1st, 2020 and will be enforced by the China’s Cyberspace Administration.
You know a certain piece of technology can be dangerous when even the Chinese government is quick to ensure they use it reasonably. The Chinese legislation is similar in approach to what the US and EU have taken regarding deepfakes and will hopefully ensure that the technology is not used in a dangerous manner regardless of where it is created. Many tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are also looking at ways of better identifying deepfakes hoping to ensure they do not get widely distributed.
I’m all for technological advancement and believe that this technology can add a lot of value to certain entertainment industries. However, with great power comes great responsibility and we all know that humans don’t handle power too well and we certainly need so legislation like this.
Last Updated: December 2, 2019