Friday, December 30, 2016

Technology Means You Can't Trust ANY Media Any More

Following up on "How To Make Any Celebrity Smile" and any number of fake news stories.
(hmmm...possible punctuation problem there, might be time to dust off Eats Shoots and Leaves)

From Singularity Hub:

Think Tech Is Blurring Fact and Fantasy? Just Wait
Are you questioning the validity of news sources and headlines lately?
You’re not alone.
As the end of 2016 is upon us, media's role in society has never been shakier. From social media bubbles to the fake news “crisis” and a spike in user-generated content, a new era of media experiences and consequences is impacting everyone.

Much of this is the result of older technologies like social media and the digitization and democratization of online news. But it’s unlikely to end there. 

What’s to come?

Very real emerging technologies look certain to continue undermining media’s once static role of “captured” content by transforming the familiar into a fluidly editable medium. Eventually, it may be difficult to separate real from fake without great effort—and video, audio, and photographic evidence are far from immune.

For better and worse, one thing is certain, we'll soon have even more power to create and consume media. The below selection of video articles featured on Singularity Hub this year offer a glimpse of how new technologies will further redefine media as we know it today. 

Welcome to the New Era of Easy Media Manipulation
“Engineered to make audio editing easier, Adobe’s Project VoCo allows users to edit voices by rearranging words or saying phrases never actually recorded, all via typing...In short, this is the audio version of Photoshop—the ability to create something from nothing. A new generation of 'sound-shopping,' à la photoshopping, has been born.”...

... New Digital Face Manipulation Means You Can’t Trust Video Anymore
“How will advanced video manipulation impact credibility? As the creators of this tool have shown, using political figures to exhibit live facial re-enactment has major implications for trusting online videos; especially when it comes to sensitive personalities and ideas.”