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Forbes: 'Deep Fakes' Are Just An Updated War Of The Worlds For The Digital Era

Societies around the world are grappling with how to best respond to the rise of doctored videos. From this week's Pelosi video’s slowed playback to AI-produced “deep fakes,” the world of video is shedding the old motto that “seeing is believing.” This raises the question of whether these digital falsehoods, especially newer AI-created videos, represent something fundamentally new or whether they are merely a technological update of the age-old plague of false information. In particular, reflecting on Orson Welles’ infamous October 30, 1938 radio adaptation of The War of The Worlds reminds us that believable falsehoods have been with us since the early days of modern broadcast mass communication.