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Deepfake Luke Skywalker Should Scare Us

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Deepfake entry in a dictionary shows a partial definition.

Whether this is a serious concern yet depends on how good current deepfake technology is and how good people are at discerning fakes from the real thing.

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Most fans were thrilled to see a digital cameo from a young Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian. But he didn't look real, which for some was unnerving. Deepfake Luke recently appeared again in The Book of Boba Fett, just about a year later, looking impressively realistic.

Creating digital actors for TV shows is relatively harmless. But the power to create convincing deepfakes of world leaders, for example, could severely destabilize society. An inflammatory and well-timed deepfake video of a politician could hypothetically swing an election, spark riots, or raise tensions between two countries to volatile levels.

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