See creepy deepfake Vladimir Putin interviewed live at MIT conference
MIT Technology Review editor shows off deepfake tech that can be used in real time. Hope you speak Russian.
Corinne ReichertSenior Editor
Corinne Reichert (she/her) grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to California in 2019. She holds degrees in law and communications, and currently writes news, analysis and features for CNET across the topics of electric vehicles, broadband networks, mobile devices, big tech, artificial intelligence, home technology and entertainment. In her spare time, she watches soccer games and F1 races, and goes to Disneyland as often as possible.
I've been covering technology and mobile for 12 years, first as a telecommunications reporter and assistant editor at ZDNet in Australia, then as CNET's West Coast head of breaking news, and now in the Thought Leadership team.
Deepfakes, video forgeries that make people appear to be doing or saying things they didn't, are the moving-picture equivalent of bogus images created with programs like Photoshop. Deepfake software has made manipulated videos accessible and increasingly harder to detect as fake.
"This is the deepfake of @glichfield interviewing Vladimir Putin (wink wink nudge nudge)," Tech Review tweeted Wednesday.
The video shows Lichfield's face being transformed with Putin's facial features as he responds in Russian to questions on Russian interference in the 2020 election. It's not the most convincing deepfake, but it shows how the technology is developing rapidly.