Unmasking Deepfakes: Changing Faces and Challenging Trust | Johnny Harris


Johnny Harris explores the rising phenomenon of deepfakes, demonstrating their evolution from crude manipulations to highly convincing synthetic realities. Harris emphasizes the potential erosion of public trust, legal complications, and the prevalence of deepfakes in cybercrime. The primary concern lies in the ability of deepfakes not just to create deceptive content but to also cast doubt on authentic evidence, raising fundamental questions about what can be considered real.

Discussion Points:


Explain how Generative Adversarial Networks work.

  • Explore how the Forger AI and the Detective AI work together to create a deepfake.

              Timestamp | 03:54 – 8:00


What are the potential implications for society if we can no longer trust images, video and audio as reliable depictions of reality?

  • Explore why this would be a concern for society.

              Timestamp | 09:00 – 11:36


Why are political deepfakes used for disinformation dangerous, even if they are later debunked as false?

  • Explore the real impact that a deepfake could have on our perceptions of reality.

              Timestamp | 11:36 – 13:20


How can the existence of deepfakes be used to refute real evidence in legal proceedings?

  • Consider how real evidence can be called into question and why.

              Timestamp | 13:20 – 15:45


What change in deepfake technology has made it easier to sexually abuse everyday women using AI?

  • Think about the number of images that used to be required to make a deepfake and how that has changed.

              Timestamp | 15:45 – 16:55


What ethical dilemmas arise from the creation and use of deepfakes, and how should society navigate these challenges?

  • Explore the ethical dimensions surrounding deepfakes and propose solutions that include the responsible use of technology.

              Timestamp | 16:55 – 20:40