Welcome to the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Technological Deceit

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The era of artificial intelligence and technological deceit is upon us. If you think “fake news” and propaganda is bad right now, just wait.

And you won’t have to wait very long, at that.

Pretty soon, computer wizardry and artificial intelligence will allow video footage to be created that is practically indiscernible from the real deal. Add to this holograph technology, and soon, a person could appear to be speaking, live, in front of you, and you’d never even know it was all fake. The ethical ramifications of AI and technology are simply mind-boggling. In fact, some folks even believe it will signal the beginning of the end of humanity.

But apocalyptic AI aside, let’s look at the manipulative potential of our current tech. We are very close to real life meeting science fiction, and if you think we are being deceived now, once these technologies are rolled out, you won’t be able to believe your eyes or your ears.

There are several unsettling parts to this story.

First, there’s the video editing to a new soundtrack.

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed an artificial intelligence software so powerful that it can put words in the mouth of just about anybody. It’s basically like artificially intelligent lip-synching.

…as long as there’s an audio source to use, the video can include realistic mouth shapes that are almost perfectly aligned to the words being spoken. Those synthesised shapes can then be grafted onto an existing video of someone talking…

…There are two parts to the system: first a neural network is trained to watch large volumes of videos to recognise which audio sounds match with which mouth shapes. Then the results are mixed with moving images of a specific person, based on previous research into digital modelling carried out at UW. (source)

Here’s a clip of the software in action.

U of W says that this is actually a good thing and has been developed to help identify fake videos. Because, you know, no one has ever misused technology before.

Then, there’s audio technology that can imitate anyone’s voice with access to a few recordings.

And if that were the only new tech development, it would be bad enough. But a new start-up called Lyrebird can actually create audio that sounds exactly like someone else using “deep learning and artificial neural networks.”

This is an example. It’s kind of rough right now, but how long before it gets polished up?

Even more alarming, this is something that ordinary folks will soon be able to get their hands on. If this is for the layman, can you even imagine what the government and military have access to?

Then, there are holograms.

Do you recall when Tupac (who is supposedly dead or maybe alive, depending on who you believe) showed up a Coachella on the stage back in 2012? If you speed ahead to 2:20 in the video below, the hologram Tupac is on stage with a real person, Dr. Dre, and the difference is nearly indistinguishable.

(Language alert. Come on, it’s Tupac – you didn’t expect him to be squeaky clean, suddenly.)

Here’s how the technology works:

Holography is a broad field, but at its most basic, it is a photographic technique that records the light scattered from an object. The light is then reproduced in a 3D format. Holography was first developed in the 1940s by the Hungarian-British physicist Dennis Gabor, who won the 1971 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention and development of the holographic method.

Our ability to produce dynamic, high-resolution holograms—think Princess Leia pleading with Obi-Wan Kenobi for the Jedi’s help—is currently limited by what’s called wavefront modulators. These devices, such as spatial light modulators or digital micromirror devices, can control the direction of light propagation.

An imaging system with a short focal length lens can only create a tiny image that has a wide viewing range. Conversely, a system with a long focal length can generate a larger image but with a very narrow viewing range. The best wavefront modulator technology has only been able to create an image that is one centimeter in size with a viewing angle of three degrees.

“This problem… can be solved by simply inserting a diffuser,” explains YongKeun Park, a professor in the Physics Department at KAIST. Because a diffuser diffuses light, both the image size and viewing angle can be dramatically increased by a factor of a few thousands, according to Park.

But there’s still one more problem to overcome: a diffuser scrambles light.

“Thus, in order to utilize a diffuser as ‘a holographic lens,’ one needs to calibrate the optical characteristics of each diffusor carefully,” Park says by email. “For this purpose, we use ‘wavefront-shaping technique,’ which provides information about the relationship between impinging light onto a diffuser and outgoing light.” (source)

Fascinating, yet terrifying at the same time.

Think about the ramifications of this.

With all of this technology, some of it soon to be available on our smart phones, how can we believe anything?

Think about it.

How difficult would it be to completely fabricate “videos” of anyone that we are expected to hate?

We live in an era in which false flags are the norm and those in power profit from war. It’s a regular occurrence to create a new boogeyman whenever a conflict is the desired outcome.

Here’s an example.

Consider the whole chemical attack presumably undertaken by Bashir Assad in Syria against his own people. All we had to go on in the news were suppositions, a video of the aftermath, and some heart-rending emotional coverage.

But, honestly, some of us never really believed this was legitimate because there was no motive. However, lots of folks did believe it, hook, line, and sinker, without any video or any claim by Assad that he was, in fact, responsible. (In fact, he denied it the entire time.) These people were ready for us to go to war against Assad immediately to stop the suffering of those poor, dying children.

Now, let’s add technology into the mix.

What if there had been an AI video and soundtrack of Assad? People tend to believe their eyes and ears, particularly if they have already been prompted to feel a certain emotion. What if there was a “live” speech in front of thousands that was just a hologram?

Let’s take the what-ifs further.

What if there were AI soundtrack recordings of the infamous “Russia” collusion? What if there were hologram speeches from leaders who had been assassinated stating that, no, they escaped, and here’s what they want their mourning followers to do next.

What if there is an AI speech and an AI video that appeared to be our “enemy” making threats against us?  Maybe one of Jong Un telling his people that yep, we’re striking the US tonight with an EMP that will devastate them for decades. What better way to get our country to be fully behind a military “preemptive” attack than that?

Is this is far-fetched?

Call me a Luddite (trust me, you wouldn’t be the first) but AI is becoming more acceptable every day with Alexa and Siri in every other home in America. We’re being gently lulled into it by “convenience” but are we opening the door to something that could go horribly wrong?

I hope my imagination is getting the best of me, but I certainly wouldn’t put it past the people pulling the strings to use artificial intelligence to manipulate the masses. If the technology exists to deceive people, someone is going to use it.

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • Even decades ago when fake footage was full of flaws people believed it to be real. So how scary is this really? Most people use blind faith in autorities as their primary tool for gathering knowledge anyway.

  • At least 20 years ago I started telling people that with green screens you could be put anywhere “they” wanted you to be….robbing a bank, shooting someone, etc. all they needed was to put you on the scene…it is now even more likely so the general public can be miniputlated in anyway deemed necessary by the powers that be. Need a politician saying whatever DONE . Scary times.

  • There is also increasing lip-synch technology that allows the words to appear as if there was no altering of the original. Good looking into possibilities. Even now some AI is used for customer service without many people knowing it’s not a human.

  • Good article Daisy. After living thru the Warren Commission, the Gulf of TOnkin incident, Grenada, SAudi Kobar Towers, 9/11, Benghazi and now this Russia Russia Russia thing, the American citizens are so accustomed to being fed BS, a better visual or vocal will be highly sought by our “Intelligence Communities”! Apparently we need all 17 of them to do the job? I doubt if they will let the ordinary Joe possess the tools to “prove” the Second Coming of Christ is upon us and put that on TV?

  • As if the sheeple aren’t already easily led, this will be the tipping point. Who knew the Terminator movie was a documentary? Technology seems pretty close to Skynet taking over any day now, and the Cylons aren’t too far behind. Glad I’m old, but afraid my grandchildren have a bleak future ahead.

    • You said exactly what I was thinking, Mike….We may not see it, but our grandchildren certainly will….I used to think it would be my kids….and that may still be so…

  • This will make it so much easier for “law enforcement officers” to frame innocent people. Best labor-saving device since the invention of the washing machine.

  • I hope that holographic technology would be used for good. I mean, it would be amazing if I could actually see my grandparents, in realtime, right in front of me. The lip syncing might not be good though. Also, if Assad was innocent, then why did he refuse to let in UN peacekeepers to help with the forensic investigation of the chemical attack until it was too late? Wouldn’t an innocent man WANT to be cleared by a worldwide organisation? I’m not saying I support the intervention in Syria (I don’t), I’m just saying that I don’t think Assad was or is innocent.

    • Assad didn’t control the area where the attack took place. He never had any say whether UN investigators went in. Things like this get said and passed around with being critically examined. But let’s look at Assad for a minute. Longtime ruler of a country, probably not utterly mentally deficient. He had almost won the civil war at that point. The only thing that could possibly do to turn that around would be to use chemical weapons, which, not being much more effective than regular weapons, is kind of pointless. Then we are expected to believe that he specifically and intentionally used those weapons on civilians, just civilians. There could be no better way to lose his country, the war, his own life, and his nation’s future, than to use chemical weapons on civilians. The most recent gas attack came with video, which has been analyzed by experts, and it’s quite clear sarin gas wasn’t involved, as was widely reported. The ‘medical personel’ were touching the victims all over with bare hands. Were it sarin gas, those medics would have immediately become sick themselves, as sarin is extremely contaminating. They couldn’t have done what they did in the video, and survived themselves. After this attack, we nearly invaded again. This is geopolitics, my friend. Put it together. Best wishes.

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