Journalist deepfaked committing a crime he didn't do
There’s a video of Michael Grothaus attempting an armed robbery but the author explains this never happened and is in fact a deepfake that he commissioned.
The video shows the victim, a cyclist, whose head-mounted GoPro camera recorded the ordeal. Suddenly the clip shows Grothaus riding past on a motorcycle, pulling out a gun and forcing him to stop in his tracks and give him his rucksack, but the cyclist says he doesn’t understand Spanish, a language Grothaus can't speak in real life, but in the deepfake he masters it. He jumps off the bike and Grothaus chases him by foot with anxiety and fear on his face but the chase is stopped by a bystander who intervenes.
Grothaus had the fortune of knowing the deepfake was coming. He commissioned it whilst researching his latest book, Trust No One: Inside the World of Deepfakes. He told the deepfaker he wanted to ‘commit’ a crime but knew nothing else so the element of surprise would be similar to that of an innocent civilian. He explains that anyone can be the next victim of deepfakery and that every second of video is made up of about 30 photos, which means for every minute of video posted to social media, the deepfaker has 1,800 photos of your face.
Who created the deepfake?
Unknown Deepfake Artist that was Commissioned
Was the content disclosed as a deepfake?
Was the deepfake consensual?
How was the deepfake created?
Existing footage provided from the internet