A couple of years ago, I watched the disturbing movie, “The Push,” directed and conceived by covert hypnotist Derren Brown.
Brown wanted to see how far individuals — good, kind people, believed to have integrity — would go to protect themselves, and whether or not they would succumb to peer pressure and actually murder someone in order to protect themselves.
At several events, targets were chosen, not knowing their fellow party-goers were actors who were “in” on the set-up. In one scenario, the target is having a conversation with a gentleman (an actor) who suddenly has a (fake) heart attack and ends up at the bottom of a stairwell. Unbeknownst to him, the body is a complete fake, but the prosthetics are so extraordinary, you literally cannot tell the difference between the live actor the body was modeled after and the fake body.
There used to be an excellent close-up photo online where the actor who played the victim was leaning over a table on which his fake doppelganger was lying, but I can no longer locate it. Plus, I had a physical copy I had printed out, but it appears to have been removed from the folder in which I had kept it. In the picture, there is NO discernable difference between the actual, living, breathing man and the prosthetic one. Every piece of stubble, every ingrown hair, every eyelash, every hair of his eyebrows, every vein, any skin discolorations. . . they were all there. Trust me when I say, no one would believe the fake body was not real.
The extraordinary prosthetics, materials and techniques, coupled with the no-detail-shall-be-missed skills of the makeup artists, made the dead body so convincing — to sight, and to feel, apparently — that the targets of the prank believed they (while accidental) had actually killed a man.
Later, when a few partygoers (again, all actors) were gathered on the rooftop having drinks, we see the man we thought had died sitting on the edge of the building (catching his breath?). The target is then barraged with breathless warnings by the partygoers that he will surely be going to prison for attempted murder, having “thrown” a man down the stairs. And even though the target knows he did no such thing, and that the man accidentally fell when the target wasn’t looking, he is, bit-by-bit convinced by these individuals that, not only is he responsible and will be put in prison, but that “this is [his] chance;” and he should seize the moment and push his accuser (and only witness) to his death.
After much prodding, incredibly, this innocent, seemingly kind young man does just that. He quickly walks over to the “victim” sitting on the rooftop’s edge, pushes him off and walks away.
We later discover, when the prank is revealed to the target, that the actor was fully wired to a safety harness and was fine. But many viewers felt Brown, and the target(s) (there were several similar set-ups) who pushed the man should be charged with attempted murder because they genuinely believed they were murdering someone.
While this anecdote is about the [potentially deadly] effects of peer pressure and gang bullying, it also serves as an excellent example of how we can now be so easily fooled by what we see. We are literally at a previously never-anticipated point in time where saying, ” I know [such and such] happened. I saw it with my own eyes!” won’t necessarily make it so. Now, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) aggressively entering the picture — and no shortage of individuals willing to manipulate it — that statement is now truer than ever.
In previous articles, I have discussed invisible technologies like foglets, nanobots and smart dust and their effects on our health, our privacy, and our civil rights. I have also highlighted technologies that enable remote-controllers/digerati/nanomafia to alter the thoughts of individuals, as well as their words, in real time — literally putting words in people’s mouths.
Deepfake video (including porn) and deepfake voice are big business, with the quality improving so much, fakes can easily be made that are indistinguishable from the real source. And like so many technologies, the majority of the courts are still decades behind, unaware of just how sophisticated these tools are.
In 2017, the Taser company (who changed their name to Axon) began manufacturing body cameras and they offered them, free-of-charge, to every law enforcement officer in the country. Officers take that footage and upload it to a site called evidence.com, owned by Axon.
The trademark for Axon Evidence states: “Computer services, namely, providing temporary use of non-downloadable computer software allowing a user to remotely upload, access, view, edit, and manage data, video, and audio; computer services, namely, providing temporary use of non-downloadable computer software allowing a user to manage weapons, video surveillance systems worn on the head and the body, and video surveillance systems used in automobiles; computer services, namely, creating and maintaining websites, for others, that allow streaming of selected video, audio, and photographic data for others; computer services, namely, providing an interactive web site featuring technology that allows users to collect, store, manage, deliver, and showcase electronic and paper-based content; computer services, namely, development and maintenance of an internet software platform for the management of digital documentation; computer services, namely, providing temporary use of non-downloadable software for data storage management of data obtained from electronic devices in the field of public safety and law enforcement.”
There is absolutely nothing that can prevent that footage from being manipulated. So if a corrupt officer wants to frame someone, or slander someone, and wants to show video “proof,” nothing can prevent him or her from providing deepfake evidence. Additionally,companies like Cambrian Genomics, who is known as a “Kinko’s for DNA,” can laser print copies of any DNA sent to them, from any source. (FBI futurist Marc Goodman says, for this reason, solving crimes solely through DNA matches will no longer be possible.) Then there is Genscript who offers cloning and subcloning services and allows customers to “acquire exact gene sequences in the vector of your choice.”
So, it is now completely possible to clone a body (or create one from prosthetics), clone the DNA from that body, create indiscernibly-fake video (and audio) of that individual, remotely put words into someone’s mouth, and more. So if someone with access to this technology wanted to create a a false reality about someone — with “proof” — nothing could stop them.
AI can, of course, be used in fun ways, too. Here are some entertaining and informative links to show some of what’s possible:
Gal Gadot face swapped for Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra:
How Fake Bodies Are Made For Movies & TV Shows:
Realistic prosthetic masks (This is incredible!):
How Actors Transform Into 95-Year-Olds For Movies And TV: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XEjInqsC5sQ
Everybody Can Make Deepfakes Now: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mUfJOQKdtAk&vl=en
The Ultimate Catfish AI – You Can Make LIVE DeepFakes Now [DeepFaceLive]
Deep Fake Videos Are Getting Too Realistic – This is Going to Be a HUGE Problem Soon!: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0yXHoZo1cNY
DeepFake and AI will together fool everyone:
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How they get movement in prosthetics: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pQzzyxosZ1g
Ashley Hayes is a former business entrepreneur, patented inventor, researcher, and writer seeking to bring attention to the clearly-organized crimes of unlawful and corrupt law enforcement and fusion center personnel against innocent Americans and citizens worldwide, as well as crimes committed by military contractors via 21st-century technology, and to the pandemic of child trafficking by those in power.
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I do believe that some people might succumb to panic, fear, and pressure in a situation such as this. Which might bring them to do the ‘push!’
But I also believe that many wouldn’t. And that they would let their conscience be their guide!
Although you can’t deny that what they can do with prosthetics and computer imagery is quite amazing and that it can be used for either evil or just good entertainment.
I enjoyed watching Gal Gadot being swapped in as Cleopatra with Rex Harrison as Caesar. And I think having Elizabeth Taylor’s voice dubbed in made it all the more convincing. (It sure sounded like her, anyway.)
However, I think that you could tell that something was amiss. Gal’s facial features are slightly different from Elizabeth’s. But especially her eyes. The eyes looked like Gal Gadot’s. I did feel like I was looking at Wonder Woman!
Yep, that was Liz Taylor’s voice. Everything was from the original movie except Godot’s faceswap.
Thanks for your input!