Deepfakery seems to have two faces, like the twin masks of tragedy and comedy, except those masks have been associated with the theatre/theater for 2,500 years, and deepfakery is new, and exciting, and dangerous.
It's something that ought to be on the radar of alien romance authors.
Legal bloggers Vejay Lalla, Adine Mitrani and Zach Harned for the lawfirm Fenwick and West LLP discuss the emergence of deep fakes, particularly in the entertainment industry, both for putting famous faces on substitute bodies, and giving a distinctive voice to one that is silent, and giving an analysis of the associated legal considerations and risks.
There are copyright implications, not to mention right of personality and right of publicity issues.
There are also frightening political implications. Imagine, if deeptomcruise can appear to tell a joke about an imaginary conversation with former President Gorbachev, what international mischief could be created using deepfakery.
FAKEBOOK is being sued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for scraping the faces of Facebook users, and non-users by collecting Texans' facial geometry without their permission. Legal blogger Linn F. Freedman, representing Robinson + Cole LLP explains what DeepFace is, and why it is frightening that artificial intelligence is believed to be almost as accurate as a human in recognizing faces.
Even humans misidentify similar-looking individuals, and when law enforcement, or plausible witnesses do so, the consequences can be dire one would suppose.
Meanwhile, innocents' faces are being stolen on the internet for use by romance scammers. If a love interest is targeted, it is called catfishing. "Love Hard" was a movie with catfishing as a plot.
Blogging for the law firm Cozen O'Connor, legal bloggers Lori Kalani and Bernie Nash discuss the high cost of romance scams that exploit the lonely, (and also the attractive whose images --and even identities-- they snag.)
There's been a movie or two about catfishing, but as topical as it is, there's room for more. It's not so different --albeit in reverse-- from all those Prince/Pauper type plots where the Prince pretends to be a commoner in order to be loved for his deep self.
All the best,