Updated: May 16
As a parent, it's my responsibility to prepare my children for the real world. However, in today's digital-AI age, the line between what's real and what's fake is becoming increasingly hard to determine.
That's why I've made it a point to tell my kids (and even my own parents) to assume everything is fake.
It's not just a matter of teaching them to be skeptical of what they see on social media. It's about being aware of the latest technology that can create convincing fakes of almost anything.
I easily and inexpensively created both of these fake videos with these applications:
Eleven Labs. I replicated my voice by reading a one-minute passage.
Secta Labs. I created a picture of myself in a business environment.
D-ID Studio. And finally, I made a fake video from my fake picture using my fake voice!
In a world where fake videos and images can spread like wildfire, it's essential that we teach our kids to question everything and not to take anything at face value.
I'm not trying to discourage them from trusting others or believing in the good in people. Rather, I'm trying to instill in them a healthy dose of skepticism and critical thinking skills.
The ability to discern truth from falsehood is becoming an increasingly valuable skill.