Here’s how to tell if you're talking to a deepfake

Composite image showing Tom Cruise deepfake being exposed
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With deepfake technology getting better and better all the time, experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the possibilities it presents for criminal behaviour. From corporate espionage to scamming people out of their savings, there are all sorts of crimes that authorities fear could be perpetrated by people pretending to be someone else through deepfake videos.

So far, we’ve mostly seen deepfakes being used for such harmless amusing stuff as putting Harrison Ford into the forgettable 2018 prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story, or recasting Back to the Future to star Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. While this is all good fun, such projects raise the possibility that deepfake technology could be used for more nefarious purposes. 

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting.