Harry Styles and “The Liar’s Dividend”

The advent of AI deepfakes means we’ll waste endless hours arguing about what’s real

Clive Thompson

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A young Harry Styles performing live, in a white shirt, in profile sideways shot from his left, with his right hand holding a microphone to his mouth and his left arm reaching out straight in front of him
“Harry Styles — One Direction” by Ianthebush (CC 2.0 license, unmodified)

Back in 2019, the legal scholars Danielle Citron and Robert Chesney defined a useful concept: The “liar’s dividend”.

They were worried about how deepfakes could create political chaos. Tools for producing realistic-but-fake video and…

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Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net