When I stumbled over the video shown below, I watched it with confusion. I knew it couldn’t be Donald Trump, but at the same time, it WAS! I watched it, then shared it with someone else, asking “what do you see? Is this Trump? If it’s an actor, he’s identical to the President.”
However, I then discovered it was an example of “deepfake” videos.
At around the same time, the UK TV Station Channel4 decided to make their own version of the Queen’s Speech.
The Christmas Farce
For any who do not know, The Christmas Address has been a longstanding and revered tradition in which, after lunch on Christmas Day, the Queen addresses the nation from her living room.
The tradition began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Empire Service. Since 1952, the message has been read by Elizabeth II; today, it is broadcast on television, radio, and the Internet via various providers.
I remember the time when the family would sit down with a glass of wine, turn on the TV and watch the Queen’s Speech as a tradition we all observed on Christmas Day, as ingrained as the tree, gifts and party hats.
So for Channel4 to create their own version, albeit as an obvious parody, was to many a despicable mockery, akin to showing Santa and the reindeer in a porn movie on Christmas Eve.
The Real Danger
But the mockery wasn’t my real concern. It was that now, openly and easily, it has become possible to air videos that purport to be the speeches of national leaders, using footage that is indistinguishable from the real thing.
Just imagine what could come next.
Although deepfakes have been used for fun up to now, surely the potential for misleading the public (already too eager to believe anything they see on the Internet) is not lost on our enemies.
The technique is hardly a technological impossibility for ordinary people. In fact, it’s becoming easier every day.
Here is a video that explains how to make deepfakes. It says you can download deepfake software easily on the Internet. It also gives examples of leaders who have been spoofed.
In the article below, it is said that deepfakes will become the crime of the century, and I believe it. Notable examples cited in the article include a manipulated video of Richard Nixon’s Apollo 11 presidential address and Barack Obama insulting Donald Trump.
Think about the potential! You can imagine the glee amongst foreign enemies, domestic terrorists, activists of every kind, and even just pranksters, at the prospect of putting words into a celebrity’s mouth.
The Possibility of Deception on a World Scale
I may be alarmist, but I do believe the bible when it says a man will come who will be able to deceive the entire world. This corporate delusion is already being seeded into the minds and hearts of many, and the deception will spread further and further, becoming more powerful every day in preparation for the “Great Delusion” spoken of by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:11
It is almost as if deepfake technology has been created for this very purpose.
Not only is it possible to mimic religious leaders supposedly urging acceptance and worship of a new saviour figure, but even possibly a fake of Jesus Christ himself (although genuine believers wouldn’t accept that).
A Very Present Danger
Quite apart from the endtimes implication, though, today’s volatile political scene could be encouraged to ignite into civil war, or world war, with the clever planting of deepfake videos, seemingly released as official State announcements.
By the time it was realised these video were not genuine, it would be too late.
I have watched as millions latch onto conspiracies with the slightest bit of encouragement, trusting in and recirculating a video made by an unknown person with absolutely no evidence or proof. Time and again!
The result has been paranoia (or false hope) on a massive scale.
That’s just the beginning, because when the videos are supposedly from national leaders, politicians, or another trustworthy spokesperson, the danger of widespread deception grows exponentially.
On the one hand, there is the possibility of planting lies about the Government; on the other there is the danger of actual terrorism and technological warfare, sparking off retaliation in the form of military strikes.
I think we are only just beginning to see the dangers that lie ahead with deepfakes.