30 September, 2020

'Tech Designers Fail To Understand The Human Effects Sometimes’

Dr Matthew Beard, philosopher from The Ethics Centre in Sydney and author of Ethical Design: Principles of Good Technology, speaks about the rights and wrongs of deepfake

'Tech Designers Fail To Understand The Human Effects Sometimes’
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2019-09-13T10:39:43+05:30

Technology has blurred the line between truth and fiction; and with so much misinformation circulating in today’s world, deepfake is the ultimate lie that is frighteningly better and better. Dr Matthew Beard, philosopher from The Ethics Centre in Sydney and author of Ethical Design: Principles of Good Technology, tells Siddhartha Mishra in an interview the rights and wrongs of deepfake. Excerpts:

There are deepfake videos of Indian actors in pornographic content. The porn industry embraces and incorporates technology faster than any other. Political figures in the West have been faked. In India, forget deepfake videos, even rumours on WhatsApp or old, selective footage circulated as new lead to mob lynching. Where do you see this kind of misinformation spreading next?

Technologies become even more complicated to manage today because they’re released into an already complex ecosystem. Deepfake is as hard to get a handle on; so are encrypted platforms like WhatsApp. Put the two together...

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