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How deepfakes are made and the future of digital identity

Is media literacy doomed? Or is it the same as it ever was?


Matt Silverman


Posted on Oct 28, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 12:27 am CDT

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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*First Published: Oct 28, 2019, 6:00 am CDT