We already knew that people had the ability to convincingly alter photographs and video to get almost any effect they wanted. The software has become so easy to use that almost anyone who wants to can do so. Now Marcus Ranum links to an amazing video showing new audio technology that enables people to easily do the same thing to audio, so that using just a small sample of someone’s voice, it can make it look as if that person is saying something that they never did.
This technology will be an added boon to the fake news industry that manufactures ‘news’ that is tailored to appeal to what particular groups want to believe, and is then circulated by them using social media among fellow believers who do not care to check whether the news is real or not as long as it appeals to their prejudices and preconceptions.
So now not only can we not believe our eyes, we cannot believe our ears either. We are going to have confirmation bias on steroids.