“I’m really sorry but I think you need to see this.” Engineering student Taylor Klein opens a link sent by her friend, and her life and trust in people collapse. On the screen is Taylor’s own face in a pornographic video.
Deepfakes are deceptively authentic-looking audiovisual files and a fast growing, dark sided product of our rapidly growing AI world.
As such, producing deepfakes is not illegal, and the police are unwilling to help Taylor, either. However, she refuses to let the matter go and wants to see the author of the deepfake face consequences, and to increase awareness of this new form of abuse. Taylor finds many people with the same experience, including among her fellow students, and they begin to explore the phenomenon together. Online forums are used to share pictures of women as a form of revenge and to spread tips such as that 150 pictures are enough to create a deepfake. Suitable selfies can be found on people’s social media profiles.
To protect her privacy, Taylor is not showing her own face, and her name has also been changed. This documentary combines real and AI-created material skilfully, to emphasise how easy it is to bend reality.
Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn’s film tackles a worrying subject that can no longer be ignored. As AI progresses, deepfakes will increase in numbers rapidly. According to the company Sensity AI, 96% of deepfakes are pornographic content in which women’s pictures and voices are used without their consent.
Anna-Sofia Joro (translated by Herman Tikkanen)