Synthetic media, also known as artificial or generated media, refers to digital content that is created by computer algorithms, rather than by human creators. A synthetic image, video, audio, or text can be included in this category. With advances in technology, synthetic media can become more realistic and convincing, which is generating much interest and speculation. Future applications of synthetic media may include:
- Movies, video games, and other forms of entertainment could use synthetic media to create highly realistic virtual worlds and characters.
- Using synthetic media, news stories, images, and videos could be created that are indistinguishable from those created by humans.
- In advertising and marketing, synthetic media could be used to create highly realistic and engaging advertisements.
- Synthetic media can be used to create highly realistic and convincing social media posts and profiles, which could be used to spread misinformation or influence public opinion.
- Educators could use synthetic media to create simulated real-world scenarios, which could be used to train people in medicine, law enforcement, and the military.
Synthetic media also raises ethical concerns, such as the possibility of creating deepfake videos, spreading misinformation, and manipulating human emotions. Since synthetic media is evolving, it is imperative that society considers and addresses these concerns.