Recent advances in AI mean that by scanning images of a person (for example using Facebook), a powerful machine learning system can create new video images and place them in scenarios and situations which never actually happened. When combined with powerful voice AI, the results are utterly convincing.
So-called ‘Deep Fakes’ are not only a real threat for democracy but they take the manipulation of voters to new levels. They will also affect ordinary people. This crisis of misinformation we are facing has been dubbed the ‘Infocalypse’.
Using her expertise from working in the field, Nina Schick reveals shocking examples of Deep Fakery and explains the dangerous political consequences of the Infocalypse, both in terms of national security and what it means for public trust in politics. She also unveils what it means for us as individuals, how Deep Fakes will be used to intimidate and to silence, for revenge and fraud, and how unprepared governments and tech companies are.
As a political advisor to select technology firms, Schick tells us what we need to do to prepare and protect ourselves. Too often we build cool technology and ignore what bad guys can do with it before we start playing catch-up. But when it comes to Deep Fakes, we urgently need to be on the front foot.
Nina Schick is a political commentator, advisor, and public speaker, specializing in how technology is reshaping politics in the 21st century. Most recently, her work has seen her advising on the fallout generated from Russian election interference in the US (and around the world) since 2016. Nina has also advised global leaders including Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen (the former Secretary-General of NATO).
Half German and half Nepalese she speaks seven languages including German, Spanish and French, and holds degrees from Cambridge University and University College London. She divides her time between London, Berlin, and Kathmandu.