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- ⚙️ The Ops Playbook #6
⚙️ The Ops Playbook #6
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AI deepfakes have become so sophisticated that a deepfake duped TikTok's AI systems with a fake ad of a Youtube celebrity. Which celebrity was mimicked? You can scroll down to find out.
While we let that celebrity deal with the fallout of an AI deepfake, let’s jump into how you can combat deepfakes for your company.
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The Big Idea
The What: A TLDR of the idea
Battling Deepfakes in Advertising
Deepfakes are no longer just fodder for internet memes but a genuine operational challenge.
We're talking about more than scams here; deepfakes can erode brand trust and even manipulate internal company dialogue.
This isn't a problem you can throw money at to fix. It needs a human-in-the-loop solution, cross-industry collaboration, and public awareness.
The Why: 3 reasons why you should care
1. The Failure of Current Systems 0️⃣ →
The fact that a fraudulent MrBeast ad got past TikTok's ad moderation tech demonstrates the limitations of current AI-based screening processes.
For COOs, this presents an operational risk that could damage reputation, violate terms of service, or even result in legal action.
2. Generational Gullibility 👴 →
The deepfake incident highlights that younger audiences, familiar with creators like MrBeast, and older folks can be fooled.
It raises questions about consumer protection and how companies must advance their tech capabilities to protect diverse user bases.
3. Regulatory Headwinds 🎐 →
With the FTC issuing warnings, the legal landscape is getting more complicated. COOs must consider the immediate operational challenges and future compliance risks.
This is particularly pressing in light of upcoming global elections and the potential for manipulative practices to impact society.
The How: 3 ways to handle this
1. Invest in Multi-Layered Verification 🎚️ →
You can start with implementing real-time AI monitoring that uses machine learning algorithms trained to recognize video and audio content anomalies.
This layer of AI could be designed to flag content that deviates from established patterns of authentic material, like unnatural blinking or breathing in videos.
Simultaneously, establish an internal human oversight committee of AI, cybersecurity, and digital media experts. This group's primary task would be to review any flags from the AI and make judgment calls. Equip this committee with constant training updates on the latest in deepfake technology.
You could complement these layers with real-time alert systems that alert the human oversight committee immediately when the AI flags suspicious content.
Finally, consider the power of crowdsourced intelligence; integrate a user-based reporting system into your platform, even considering rewards or badges to incentivize accurate reporting.
2. Collaborate across industries 🤝 →
In collaboration, consider developing or joining an industry consortium for securely sharing information on the latest deepfake threats and countermeasures.
Given that larger corporations often have resources smaller companies don't, creating an open-source library of tools for combating deepfakes could democratize defense mechanisms across the industry.
If you really want to get into the weeds of how deepfake tech operates, invest in teams dedicated to reverse-engineering popular deepfake algorithms.
Understanding the enemy is half the battle, right? And here's something a bit left-field: consider striking up partnerships with unconventional entities like indie hacker communities or academic researchers who specialize in deepfake technology.
Their perspectives could offer new dimensions in your deepfake combat strategy.
3. Consumer Education 📕 →
Consumer education can be equally crucial and innovative. You could develop interactive, in-app tutorials that educate users on recognizing deepfakes, using gamification techniques to boost engagement.
For ongoing education, think about daily or weekly 'Did You Know?' pop-ups that inform users in digestible, microlearning formats.
If you want to go granular, use data analytics to pinpoint which of your user demographics are most susceptible to deepfakes, then tailor your educational content to them. And for a real zinger, how about using augmented reality?
Imagine an AR filter that overlays markers on a video or image that could highlight telltale signs of a deepfake. It's edgy, but it could work.
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Would Steve Jobs approve of deepfakes?
They both touch on the essence of innovation.
Manipulating something to create something 'new', captures Jobs' ethos.
Steve Jobs in this video famously said, "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas".
He highlighted that… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Rameel Sheikh ⚙️ (@ramshe1000)
Oct 9, 2023
What Next: 3 resources to learn more
Bonus: What I consumed this week
Tool of the Week
Check Out: A new tool I found this week
Check out Reface.ai if you are interested in creating your deepfake. Snap a photo of yourself and pick a GIF of your choice. Watch as your face is artfully grafted onto the GIF in mere moments.
Granted, it’s not always flawless, with success hinging on facial symmetry and the GIF in question.
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