Are fake photos and videos a looming epidemic?

Have you ever found yourself questioning the veracity of a photo or video that you saw online? If the answer is yes, that likely puts you in the majority of the population.

If your best method of analyzing a suspicious photo or video is a critical stare in an attempt to spot inconsistencies, that may not serve you well much longer.

I invite all of you to read my recently posted LinkedIn article entitled Real or Fake? How we landed on the cusp of an epidemic and how it can be solved in 2019. While writing the article and taking a moment to ponder just how much of an epidemic fake photos and videos have become, an old colleague of mine shared a recent article from Wired regarding how AI is being used to fake images. The implications of AI-assist for editing photos and videos suggest we are rapidly advancing to the point where faking photos is moving out of the realm of the expert photographer or creative technologist and into a realm where nearly anyone can use AI to alter an image. Just as importantly, the tampering is becoming harder and harder to detect.

Take a look at the article and visit our solutions page to see what we are doing to help organizations avoid this potentially costly problem. And let us know: do you think fake photos and video are a looming epidemic?

Why the value of cryptocurrency does not diminish the value of distributed ledger technology

Having followed the meteoric surge and subsequent drop in cryptocurrency prices over the past couple of years, one might be tempted to conclude that the underlying technology, blockchain or other distributed ledgers, are to blame for the implosion of cryptocurrency pricing we are suddenly experiencing.

In reality, this could not be farther from the truth, as the underlying blockchain technology has proven to be highly reliable over the course of this rise and fall in crypto pricing. Other factors, such as change in investor sentiment (there was a bubble after all), tightening government regulation on ICOs and the inability of existing tokenized currencies to functionally replace fiat currencies for payments are all substantially to blame for the recent drops in prices of cryptocurrencies.

That said, the somewhat wild distraction of crypto pricing fluctuations does not impede the use of distributed ledger technology for building a new breed of decentralized applications for the enterprise. Not only has distributed ledger technology proven to be operationally solid, it enables huge benefits ranging from non-repudiation, new sharing economies outside the boundaries of organizations and a promise of a future where trusted networks and smart contracts can replace the costly intermediaries we rely on a regular basis.

Enter companies like Attestiv, that help solve the difficult problem of provenance of photos and media in a way that requires no forensic analysis or expertise, maintains chain of custody and helps reduce costs while lessening reliance on intermediaries. This is where the enterprise value of blockchain technology begins to shine. It’s enterprise solutions that promise to catapult distributed ledger technology from an intriguing payment system, that may or may not ultimately replace fiat currency, to a technology staple that will become mandatory for many organizations over the next several years.

While enterprise adoption will unlikely happen overnight, distributed ledger technology is ready today and quickly evolving into easily consumable applications for organizations of all sizes and even individuals. Is there more work to be done? You bet. Over the coming months, expect to see tremendous improvements in the scale and economics of distributed ledger networks and the co-application of new technologies such as AI.

It’s an exciting time and we invite you on this transformational journey that will make distributed ledger technology an IT revolution!