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Deepfakes Attempt to Change the Course of War – Learn English with the News

As artificial intelligence technology improves, it becomes easier to create fake videos featuring movie stars, politicians and even your neighbors. This technology can be used for any number of purposes, not least of all influencing or trying to turn the tide of war.

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In the third week of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky appeared in a video, speaking slowly and deliberately while standing behind a white presidential podium featuring his country’s coat of arms. Except for his head, the Ukrainian president’s body barely moved as he spoke. His voice sounded distorted and almost gravelly as he appeared to tell Ukrainians to surrender to Russia.

“I ask you to lay down your weapons and go back to your families,” he appeared to say in Ukrainian in the clip. It was quickly identified as a deepfake. “This war is not worth dying for. I suggest you to keep on living, and I am going to do the same.”

Five years ago, nobody had even heard of deepfakes, the persuasive-looking but false video and audio files made with the help of artificial intelligence. Now, they’re being used to alter the course of a war. In addition to the fake Zelesnky video, there was another widely circulated deepfake video depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin supposedly declaring peace in the Ukraine war.

In general, deepfakes have improved immensely in a relatively short period of time. As they become increasingly common, deepfake videos make it harder to tell fact from fiction online, and all the more so during a war that is unfolding online and rife with misinformation. Even a bad deepfake risks muddying the waters further.

“Once this line is eroded, truth itself will not exist,” said a research associate professor at the University of Southern California. “If you see anything and you cannot believe it anymore, then everything becomes false… It’s just that we will lose confidence in anything and everything.”

 

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