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  • 6th December 2023

    General Studies III (Science and Technology)

    Topic – Artificial Intelligence

    Q4. Deepfakes has become a double-edged sword in the digital age of the 21st century. Critically analysis. (10 Marks, 150 Words)

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    Approach:

    • In the introduction briefly mention about Deepfakes.
    • After the introduction mention the positive side of Deepfakes.
    • Then mention the concerns associated with Deepfakes.
    • Conclude your answer by mentioning suitable measures.

    Introduction:

    Deepfakes refer to synthetic media or manipulated content created using deep learning algorithms, specifically generative adversarial networks. Deepfakes involve altering or replacing the appearance or voice of a person in a video, audio clip, or image to make it seem like they are saying or doing something they never actually did.

    Body:

    Positive side of Deepfakes:

    • Deep learning algorithms have been employed in initiatives like “voice cloning initiative”. These efforts aim to restore the voices of individuals affected by conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, providing a means for them to communicate.
    • Deepfakes have found applications in comedy, cinema, music, and gaming, enabling the recreation and reinterpretation of historical figures and events.
    • Deepfakes can aid in preserving and understanding history by recreating historical figures or events. By using deep learning algorithms, experts can breathe life into archival footage or photographs.
    • Deep learning techniques are employed to create immersive augmented reality experiences and enhance gaming graphics.
    • Deepfakes can be used in medical training and simulation scenarios to create

    lifelike virtual patients or simulate medical procedures. This allows healthcare professionals to gain valuable experience.

    Concerns associated with Deepfakes:

    • Deepfakes can be used to damage reputation, fabricate evidence, defraud the public, and undermine trust in democratic institutions.
    • Pornographic Deepfakes reduce women to sexual objects causing emotional distress, and in some cases, lead to financial loss and collateral consequences like job loss.
    • Deepfakes can also cause short-term and long-term social harm and accelerate the already declining trust in traditional media.
    • Deepfakes can be used by non-state actors, such as insurgent groups and terrorist organizations, to show their adversaries as making inflammatory speeches.
    • Deepfakes can be employed to create videos that depict political figures engaging in inappropriate behavior, potentially swaying public opinion and impacting election outcomes.
    • Once released, Deepfakes can continue to circulate online, leaving a lasting impact even after their falsehood is exposed.

    Way forward:

    • Media literacy efforts must be enhanced to cultivate a discerning public. Media literacy for consumers is the most effective tool to combat disinformation and deepfakes.
    • Implementing comprehensive laws and regulations is necessary to govern the creation, distribution, and use of deepfakes. These regulations should address issues such as consent, privacy rights, intellectual property, and the consequences for malicious actors.
    • Technology companies must prioritize ethical considerations and societal implications when developing and deploying deepfake-related technologies.
    • Journalists should be provided with tools to examine the authenticity of images, video, and audio recordings. For that, they require proper training and resources.

    To counter the menace of deepfakes, we all must take the responsibility to be critical consumers of media on the Internet, think and pause before we share on social media, and be part of the solution to this ‘infodemic’.

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