Notes from the Electronic Cottage 4/21/22: Deep Fakes 2022

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Machines can generate images, text, audio, and video, supposedly of or by real people, that can fool almost any of us, which means we have to be very careful about what we think we see online. Don’t believe it? Try going to and see how you do at choosing between images of real people and computer generated “people” who don’t exist. We bet you’ll be right about half the time. Think about what that means to us, our society, and our democracy.

Other references mentioned today include:

1,000-plus AI-generated LinkedIn faces uncovered
Random Face Generator (This Person Does Not Exist)
AI-synthesized faces are indistinguishable from real faces and more trustworthy
Jordan Peele Impersonates Obama for PSA on Fake News

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.