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'A.I. Obama' and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok

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An A.I.-manipulated image of former President Barack Obama

Disinformation watchdogs say the number of videos containing A.I. voices has increased as content producers and misinformation peddlers adopt novel A.I. tools. Platforms like TikTok are scrambling to flag and label such content.

Credit: Shira Inbar

In a slickly produced TikTok video, former President Barack Obama — or a voice eerily like his — can be heard defending himself against an explosive new conspiracy theory about the sudden death of his former chef.

"While I cannot comprehend the basis of the allegations made against me," the voice says, "I urge everyone to remember the importance of unity, understanding and not rushing to judgments."

In fact, the voice did not belong to the former president. It was a convincing fake, generated by artificial intelligence using sophisticated new tools that can clone real voices to create A.I. puppets with a few clicks of a mouse.

From The New York Times
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