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Deepfakes, a process that uses AI and machine learning to place someone’s face on another’s body with Hollywood-level results, have been entertaining and terrifying the internet for the last few years. And the technology is advancing exponentially, according to Sham00k, a programmer and popular deepfake artist who recently transformed impressionist Jim Meskimen into the 20 different celebrities he’s impersonating.

But with this great power comes great responsibility. What do deepfakes mean for the future of entertainment, media literacy, politics, and porn?

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet content on stage) talk to Sham00k about his process, the rapidly improving tech, and where he sees the trend heading in 5-10 years.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by the Podglomerate.

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman

Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.