Deep Fakes is quite some read, but I wanted to take it on in the blog tour that I was invited to by Anne Cater from Random Things Tours because it seems to me to be one of the most important books within this technological age to help innocent people from being caught up in the deep fakes that people do, as cons and also to create fake news and much more. It is a great book that seems to me to forewarn and forearm against this type of, lets face it, despicable activity. I also thank Octopus Books publishing company for giving me a physical book to review from.
Please find the synopsis and my full review below.
“In writing this book, it is my modest aim to help you understand how dangerous
and untrustworthy our information ecosystem has become, and how its harms
extend far beyond politics – even into our private and intimate life. It is my hope
that this understanding can help us come together to bolster our defences and
start fighting back. As a society, we need to be better at building resilience to the
Infocalypse. Understanding what is happening is the first step.”
In Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse, Nina Schick warns us urgently of the impending
information overload (known as the ‘Infocalypse’) and explains the dangerous political
consequences of this Infocalypse, both in terms of national security and what it means for
public trust in politics. Deep Fakes have been around for less than three years, to silence
and for revenge and fraud. Government, business and society are completely unprepared.
Schick also unveils what it means for us as individuals, how Deep Fakes will be used to
intimidate and to silence, for revenge and fraud, and how unprepared governments and
tech companies are.
The malicious use of Deep Fakes is not only a real threat for democracy but they take
the manipulation of voters to new levels. With the impending US election, and with vast
amounts of money being spent of social media, it is expected that Deep Fakes will become
a huge story later this year – – AI generated fake content is here for good, and we will have to
figure how to navigate a world where seeing is no longer believing.
Technology is moving at a great rate and the probability of most people coming across deep fakes is high, as this book suggests that with every new bit of technology. It feels a deeply uncomfortable read, but one that is sadly necessary to be better informed and armed to spot deep fakes. It is a very important book for our times. One that I wish didn’t need to even be considered having to be written, but glad that it has been and it really hits hard the way that segments of society is so menacing that innocent people get hurt, as get reported on our news and consumer programmes at times and global issues get knocked askew.
It is very informative and even if you are unsure of what a deep fake is, Nina Schick has carefully taken time to explain in plain language what one is before really delving into the misuse of technology and how it has been used to skew politics and other normal things we partake in our lives on everyday platforms like You Tube and more. It also doesn’t miss out deep-fake porn either. It’s enough to make anyone with a conscience to think about the real and dangerous, harmful consequences of deep-fakes. As uncomfortable and real this is, the author has managed to not go down any scare-mongering route tactics.
She goes into what has been happening within Russia and the US in part and brings it right up to 2020 and what has been put out about Covid 19 from people who are supposed to be trusted and hold the most power, not just in their respective countries, but in the world to what is being put out about shootings in the States. The book shows across the world there are internal and global threats that there is a huge impact on everyone’s lives when social media is filled with fakes and misinformation and also goes further still in showing how much damage has been caused to people’s lives who have been victims of fraud.
After, responsibly alerting people to how dangerous the Infocalypse has become it ends on a slightly more positive note saying where to check your facts, such as BBC Fact Checker. Basically safe places where you can get up to the minute facts on what you’ve seen around the web, including social media, so that you can get the truth and figure out if what you’ve seen has been a fake or not and gives practical ways to up your defense in the onslaught of cyber-crime and fakes.
The book is there to help build some resilience and knowledge to protect yourself a bit more against the people who get their kicks out of conning innocent people. There are nuggets of how AI can be good as well, but it is more of a focus to educate people, so they can be better prepared for the parts where technology itself will not protect and it does it in a thought-provoking and considered manner.