Elites new propaganda technology could have profound effect on truth
As advancements in computer-generated imagery (CGI) and artificial intelligence (AI), the mainstream media will have access to a vast array of Technology enabling them to create “fake news” in real time.
The power of CGI is a sign of what we can expect from the future of media reporting, giving news networks the ability to become “highly manipulative” in reporting and controlled narratives.
Operation Mockingbird was part of a CIA program that launched in the 1950’s which experimented with different methods it could manipulate the mass media for more effective Propaganda.
But as technology advances at a break neck pace, the CIA programs could bring their dream of the ultimate propaganda’ tech-tool to fruition.
Researchers from the m the University of Washington released a video titled “Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio,” in which AI was used to create a fake video of Obama talking.
Once this technology is available to the mainstream (if they haven’t already got access) we could live in a world that would be under complete manipulation by hardcore techno propaganda.
FreeThoughtProject reports: The researchers developed technology that “animates the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-renders the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion.” As a result, it gave them the ability to transfer the facial expressions on one individual onto the faces of figures such as Obama, Trump, and even Russian President Putin.
As the development of this technology continues, and its use becomes more mainstream, concerns grow over how it will make an impact, if and when it is used by the media. The lack of trust in the mainstream media is not unwarranted—especially when the media’s transgressions include things such as selling the American public the lies that weapons of mass destruction existed in Iraq before the Iraq War, and that the Syrian government attacked its own people using chemical weapons.
As The Free Thought Project reported in October 2015, Operation Mockingbird—a CIA program that recruited journalists to gather information and to influence public opinion on behalf of the agency during the Cold War—is still alive and well in the U.S.
While the program officially lasted for about 30 years, its influence was evident in 2011 when a State Department official “planted” several “questions and concerns” with CBS News for a 60 Minutes interview with WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. When the exchange was revealed to the public, CBS insisted that it asked the State Department for its input as a way to add “balance” to the program.
While Operation Mockingbird may have started out as one of the CIA’s many questionable programs, it received official approval from the U.S. government when it was legalized in September 2016. The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General published a document titled, “A Review of the FBI’s Impersonation of a Journalist in a Criminal Investigation,” which showed the government’s approval for FBI agents impersonating journalists when conducting undercover investigations.
The fact is that no matter what the official title may be, the principles behind Operation Mockingbird are alive and well, and the continuing advancement of artificial intelligence technology raises new questions about how the manipulation of political figures will be used by the media to spread the government’s agenda.