Just a few days ago, I called my ten year old son into the TV room where I was watching the recent remake of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I said to him, “Look at this—it’s a CARTOON—a CARTOON!! They are now fully capable of, or will be by the time you grow up, literally fabricating human events that look like real people and are not…DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF THAT BOX even (especially!) if they say it’s news!!!”
Check out this video below to see how it’s done. If this is a bunch of students with a commercially available camera, imagine what the government has! I had a friend who interviewed for the CIA when she got out of college over a decade ago…they told her the government was ten years ahead of the public in technology. It’s likely more than double that now as these things tend to change exponentially (and they were probably soft-pedaling it to her in the first place!)
But there’s a brightside! This finally puts to bed my fears about writing private things in emails. I’ve always contended that they could make up emails and texts anyway—it’s just letters on a screen. Now I know reality needn’t be a factor anymore at all!
Update (4/1/2016): Looks like Stanford pulled this video…here’s a copy from someone who seems to have recut the original expose… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFC7vqDzUQA