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Today, we're re-releasing an old episode about how hard it is getting to decipher fact from fiction. Because next week, we’ll be putting out a story showing what happens when certain reality-altering tools get released into the wild. 


Simon Adler takes us down a technological rabbit hole of strangely contorted faces and words made out of thin air. And a wonderland full of computer scientists, journalists, and digital detectives forces us to rethink even the things we see with our very own eyes. 


Oh, and by the way, we decided to put the dark secrets we learned into action, and unleash this on the internet. 


 


Reported by Simon Adler. Produced by Simon Adler and Annie McEwen.


Special thanks to everyone on the University of Southern California team who helped out with the facial manipulation: Kyle Olszewski, Koki Nagano, Ronald Yu, Yi Zhou, Jaewoo Seo, Shunsuke Saito, and Hao Li. Check out more of their work pinscreen.com


Special thanks also to Matthew Aylett, Supasorn Suwajanakorn, Rachel Axler, Angus Kneale, David Carroll, Amy Pearl and Nick Bilton. You can check out Nick’s latest book, American Kingpin, here.


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Comments (12)

ncooty

That Oval Office joke was pretty funny, because it was written "in the voice" of G. W. Bush. (I.e., it's something he would say.) That joke is even funnier if you realize it's an allusion to Bush's famous "fool me once" gaff... in a radio story ABOUT fooling people.

Dec 30th
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ncooty

@31:52: How is it that Robert still misuses the word "literally"?

Dec 30th
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jennifer johnson

This is the single worst "deep fake" that one can find. Do they not have eyes? I know this is a few couple years old, but seriously it was never good.

Nov 20th
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Bryan Allen

you can easily tell if a video is fake... I mean come on.

Sep 18th
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me mee

woah this is crazy but I love it

Jun 22nd
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Debbie King

One of the most depressing Radiolabs. At least they're honest in not knowing

Dec 18th
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Anthony Romero

That would be great in music

Aug 11th
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Smail Dr

I saw the video thing a while a go and I thought I would never trust a video again.Now also voice!!!!! man Idk anymore.

Aug 10th
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