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On Wednesday, proposed US legislation to fund defenses against realistic computer-generated media known as deepfakes was approved by the US Senate and the bill now awaits consideration in the US House of Representatives. Introduced last year by US Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), the Identifying …

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  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    See! Look! Trump did win the election!

    Here is a 2021 video of his inauguration...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: See! Look! Trump did win the election!

      Even Bitcoin is more credible than Donald Trump.

  3. Danny 2

    Below average observer

    A young woman with long brown hair put on a long blonde wig, told me she was about to, and I wouldn't have recognised her. I'd only known her a couple of weeks but still, I assumed such a simple and announced deception wouldn't have confused me.

    I had chatted for half an hour with a guy who I was then told was an actor, and he was prodded to 'do his thing', and he went into character. Again, I wouldn't have recognised him unless it had been announced.

    I was walking with a friend and he said, "Wow, that was cold!"

    I asked what was cold. "You just walked past your mum without saying hello."

    I never noticed her. In my defence she hadn't noticed me, which explains where I get it from.

    He wasn't such a great observer either, he paid too much focus on faces and not enough attention on environment. One time we were walking and a woman fell down hard on the pavement in front of us and he stepped over her and kept talking. He was aware of her as a walking obstacle just not as a person.

    It also fails in reverse. I passed my worst enemy in a northern town neither of us had been to, clocked him, and thought nah, my mind is playing tricks. It was him.

    I am the Dunning Kruger of observation so I don't trust my observations and verify three times.

    TL/DR - You may feel superior but this is a serious problem for the bulk of society. Most of us are more easily fooled than we think we can be.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Below average observer

      "... this is a serious problem for the bulk of society."

      It's not a problem, it's a solution because all of your descriptions depend on your eyes delivering some rationalization of the truth. Considering what it will take to turn the will of mankind around from overblown out-of-control greed, not believing a damn thing you see will finally stop the illusions fabricated for "optics". Sure, there will be a short period where criminals/politicians/corporations will be able to lie about anything by blaming "deepfakes", but don't they get away with everything already?

      Politicians must fear deepfakes the most because if they can't depend on tricking what you see, they'll loose 50% of their attack vector (your ears being the remaining 50%), so it's no wonder politicians are all over the "problem" of deepfakes.

      P.S. I just realized blind & deaf people might be the best politicians (possibly the best people "period").

  4. RM Myers

    Proposed legislation calls for research to detect synthetic shams online

    Now all we need is legislation for research to detect the non-synthetic shams online, AKA, politicians and companies making false promises online.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Proposed legislation calls for research to detect synthetic shams online

      With politicians it would be relatively simple to train a AI to see if their lips are moving...

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    $6m. They are not serious about this.

  6. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    Will anyone care?

    Spam phone calls have been banned for years now ... but it's made no difference and hasn't stopped anything.

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