While the impact of deep fakes on entertainment is likely to be trivial and harmless, the impact of the same technology will be the final nail in the coffin for representative democracy. As very few people have the cognitive ability to understand that a fake scene isn't a real scene (they'll say they understand, but their subsequent reactions will be precisely as if they are reacting to a real event) it is obvious that such electronic trickery will be used by the unscrupulous power-hungry few (e.g. the Republican Party in the USA, the Conservative Party in the UK, and every tinpot tyrant around the world) to further manipulate the gullible and ignorant. The curtain has already begun to rise on the Second Age of Dictators and this technology will, as is so often the case, amplify our already enormous intellectual limitations.

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