In too deep – do deepfakes pose a threat to democracy?

Conference room A

Machine learning technologies can be used to distort reality and twist facts like never before. Artificial Intelligence enables video and audio productions to offer a completely fabricated ‘reality’. What is more, it has never been so easy or cheap to produce and share such content.

The question is, to what extent these so-called “deep fakes” will influence our societies and political processes. Can “deep fakes” tip the scale in tight elections and open the doors of high public office to someone who really doesn’t meet the requirements of the job?  Do we see party organisations employing robots to make phone calls in the hopes of getting more votes? Fundamentally, is democracy threatened by “deep fakes”?