Coming Soon: Decoding Deepfakes

Get ready for an exciting collaborative social media project open to all, as we explore how Container’s audience feels about deepfake technology.

An image of Jack who is smiling into the camera in front of a colourful background. Jack is a white man with short brown hair. He is wearing a black top, blue cord overshirt and black cargo trousers

By Jack Jones
11 Aug 2021

Coming Soon: Decoding Deepfakes

Deepfakes are increasingly prevalent, utilising highly powerful technology to make human-like movement and speech through artificial intelligence and deep learning. Deepfakes are able to imitate events and moments through sound, image and video. As this technology is used in areas such as politics and news, how do we know whether what we’re seeing is authentic and trustworthy?

Deepfakes have previously been something of technological fiction and novelty spectacle. However, with experimental programs starting to make old family photos move and bringing deceased painters to life to take selfies with, deepfakes are beginning to seep into the everyday.

The question arises: how do we feel about artificial technology assuming and imitating the human form? Through a collaborative poetry project, we want to discover just how Container’s audience feels about deepfake technology.

“Deepfakes make a person appear to exhibit speech and movement they didn’t conduct organically.”

Deep Nostalgia | Ashanti Anderson

Inspired by poet and writer Ashanti Anderson’s use of deepfake technology to reconnect with her lost family heritage in Issue 3, we will use collaboration to explore how Container’s audience responds to artificial human movement and facial expressions.

How do we react to deepfakes? Do we want them to be used frequently in society? Where is the line between positive and negative use?

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