Deepfakes are scary. But here’s some good news for the US election. Experts agree a candidate deepfake isn’t likely to disrupt the 2020 vote.
The bad news: The mere existence of deepfakes is enough to screw up the election, even if a deepfake of a candidate never happens.
One of the first nightmarish scenarios people imagine when they learn about this new form of artificial intelligence is a disturbingly real video of a candidate, say, confessing to a hot-button crime that never happened. But that’s not what experts fear most for the election.