According to wikipedia synthetic media as a process of automated art dates back to the automata of ancient Greek civilization, where inventors such as Daedalus and Hero of Alexandria designed machines capable of writing text, generating sounds, and playing music. Most academics agree that you shouldn’t cite Wikipedia as a source in your academic writing but should I quote an AI source either? Humans have always tried to find an automated way to do things. Be that writing, playing music, or creating video content.
AI is now very good at creating realistic media.
This media also known as Synthetic Media is a catch-all term for the artificial production, manipulation, and modification of data and media by using automation, especially through the use of artificial intelligence algorithms. It can refer to any type of media that is generated or manipulated. This includes images, videos, audio, and text that are created or altered using computer algorithms to simulate the appearance or characteristics of real-world content.
Real world examples include deepfakes, which are manipulated videos or images that use AI algorithms. This is superimposing one person’s face onto another’s body or replace one person’s voice with another’s. Deep fake is a negative connotation of synthetic media technology, but all its uses are not bad. Good examples include virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa, which use natural language processing to understand and respond to human speech. Easy to use text to human speech is a perfect place to start playing around with this technology. You can try out amazon polly for free. Synthetic media is now starting to replace traditional media in television. A good example of synthetic media replacing traditional media can be seen on Synthetic Television. Synthetic TV is completely using AI to replace a traditional newscast. It’s pretty amazing.
It has great potential!
While synthetic media raises concerns about the potential for misuse and the need for ethical guidelines and regulations. That said, It also has many potential applications, such as in entertainment, art, and education. To learn more about AI check this out.