Artificial intelligence, deepfakes and a future of ectypes

Philosophy and Technology 31 (3):317-321 (2018)
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AI, especially in the case of Deepfakes, has the capacity to undermine our confidence in the original, genuine, authentic nature of what we see and hear. And yet digital technologies, in the form of databases and other detection tools also make it easier to spot forgeries and to establish the authenticity of a work. Using the notion of ectypes, this paper discusses current conceptions of authenticity and reproduction and examines how, in the future, these might be adapted for use in the digital sphere.

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Luciano Floridi
Oxford University


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