Falken's Maze: An 80s Guide to History

The Vanishing Commissar

Episode Summary

How does revenge porn, Stalinist Russia, and the movie Total Recall (Schwarzenegger's classic version) explain fake YouTube videos? In this one-shot episode, we explore the history of deepfakes, what their arrival means, and how dangerous they really are.

Episode Notes

How does revenge porn, Stalinist Russia, and the movie Total Recall (Schwarzenegger's classic version) explain fake YouTube videos? In this one-shot episode, we explore the history of deepfakes, what their arrival means, and how dangerous they really are.

In Falken's Maze, technologist and former professor Jason Thomas explores the intersection of technology, history, and culture. Created for listeners who wistfully long for the 80s but want to understand the complexities of today, this podcast demystifies and explains the world's most compelling technologies and events through 80's movies, music, and television.

This is where history, tech, and retro pop collide.

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References:

  1. Total Recall Clip (1990)
  2. War of the Worlds Broadcast
  3. Radio Listeners in Panic, Taking War Drama as Fact, NY Times (October 31, 1938)
  4. Stefan Schnabel Obituary
  5. Mark Zuckerberg Deepfake
  6. Rise of the deepfakes, The Week
  7. Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models
  8. Pornographic Deepfakes — Revenge Porn’s Next Tragic Act – The Case for Federal Criminalization by Rebecca Delfino
  9. Prepare, Don’t Panic: Synthetic Media and Deepfakes, Witness Media Lab

Music:

Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons