For those inclined and who can be bothered, fake content can be as easy as rewriting real stories using different details. I won't go into it here, my point is, for some, it's easy.
Add into this the amazing technological advances we are seeing, such as the ability to have it appear that people on video/audio are saying something they never said (Google/YouTube the Obama example if you haven't seen it or click on the link, there's a link within the article), and now THIS technology....
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/arti ... aNxA9UGPVU
...The latest work from chip maker Nvidia takes this a step further by generating convincing-looking images of people who never existed in the first place—they’re AI creations, but they look incredibly real.
Machine-learning enthusiasts have been freaking out about the results of Nvidia’s latest work—published to the arXiv preprint server this week—and for good reason. Not only do the images produced by the AI program look crystal clear and hyper-realistic, but the process for creating them was rather novel and opens up some mind-blowing possibilities....
And, I can't help but wonder if quality journalism can survive, and more vital, how on Earth individuals can ever know what is real or not? How does a person develop the skills to instinctively get a hunch that 'something's not right here's and then how do they prove it enough to ever be able to trust the 'truth' of their sensory input again? It sends my mind in to carwheels and loop de looops at the thought.
This stuff is already happening. The ramifications are huge. The unscrupulous and those who love to poke sticks and sit back and watch the results of their actions are going to be in control of your reality, and the majority of the world's population is still asleep to what it all could mean.
People don't discuss this stuff and it's one of the few things that gets me talking nineteen to the dozen and losing my monotone of disinterest. This stuff is one of the few things in life that excites me, and not always in a good way. It fascinates me because the possibilities for great good and great bad are high.
This forum isn't the place for this type of topic, but I am sharing it anyway, as I know a handful of readers 'get it'.