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This is the bit which made me stop and think, "Ho-ho! One of my crypto tokens is already addressing this issue:

We're used to Photoshopped images these days, but faking video and audio is still labour-intensive, right? Unfortunately, that's a nope: we're seeing first generation AI-assisted video porn, in which the faces of film stars are mapped onto those of other people in a video clip using software rather than a laborious human process. (Yes, of course porn is the first application: Rule 34 of the Internet applies.) Meanwhile, we have WaveNet, a system for generating realistic-sounding speech in the voice of a human speaker the neural network has been trained to mimic. This stuff is still geek-intensive and requires relatively expensive GPUs. But in less than a decade it'll be out in the wild, and just about anyone will be able to fake up a realistic-looking video of someone they don't like doing something horrible.

We're already seeing alarm over bizarre YouTube channels that attempt to monetize children's TV brands by scraping the video content off legitimate channels and adding their own advertising and keywords. Many of these channels are shaped by paperclip-maximizer advertising AIs that are simply trying to maximize their search ranking on YouTube. Add neural network driven tools for inserting Character A into Video B to click-maximizing bots and things are going to get very weird (and nasty). And they're only going to get weirder when these tools are deployed for political gain.

We tend to evaluate the inputs from our eyes and ears much less critically than what random strangers on the internet tell us—and we're already too vulnerable to fake news as it is. Soon they'll come for us, armed with believable video evidence. The smart money says that by 2027 you won't be able to believe anything you see in video unless there are cryptographic signatures on it, linking it back to the device that shot the raw feed—and you know how good most people are at using encryption? The dumb money is on total chaos.

Note: earlier this morning, I posted yet another bit of news concerning VeChain, a crypto platform being used to fight counterfeit luxury goods and political corruption in China.

Here's my post. It won't take much for VeChain to enter the field of video encryption to ensure what you see is what really took place:

p.p.s. I could take you to any highly traded cryptocurrency or token on and show you the blockchain addresses which are trading the most coin. Anyone with a pair of eyeballs can suss in about a second that every address is different from others. In the case of video shot by a BBC cameraman, all that BBC would do is tag every video release with a VeChain ID which can never be changed, and which can be seen by anyone, anywhere across the planet to know the video hasn't been tampered with. The writer of this piece might be a sci-fi writer, but he's sorely lacking in what is already happening in the world of Crypto. He needs to come down the rabbit hole now and try to get ahold of this exploration.

Still, this was the best thing on this board today and I'll bet nothing will top it by week's end.

Great find!

p.s. Warming up outdoors. Last night was a brisk 65. Right now, we're at 70 degrees F. The colder the weather down here, the more alive I felt. The worst part, however, is we don't have a smoking ban in our bars. With no A/C running and no exhaust fans pulling out the smoke, I turned into a Virginia Smoked Ham this past weekend. My clothes reeked of second-hand smoke. Another impetus to get the hell out of these United States.

"Yeah, but my cigarette smoke means FREEDOM!"

Open your mouth, Son, and let me smash your lit ciggy on your lungs before I tear them out.
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