TMS Ep573: Deepfakes, Uttarkashi tunnel rescue, DIIs, Project Q-Star

Amid growing concerns over deepfake videos on social media platforms, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday announced that the government plans to appoint a specialized officer to investigate fake videos on online platforms. The official will be tasked to tackle the spread of such misleading content and take appropriate action. Find out how India can tackle the deepfake challenge.

Did you know that you can identify potential deepfakes by examining inconsistencies in facial expressions, irregular blinking, and differences in lip sync? Meanwhile, it has been 16 days since the ill-fated Silkyara Tunnel in Uttarkashi collapsed. The trapped 41 workers are still waiting for some fresh air. Various strategies have been deployed over the past two weeks, including specialized machines and help from foreign experts. Now the army has been called in to drill vertically into the tunnel. But workers’ freedom still remains elusive. Despite the availability of modern technologies, why does this rescue mission prove to be such a difficult task?

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Although the rescue operation is said to be in its ‘final stages’, an NDMA spokesperson declined to make any assumptions about the timeline of its completion to avoid creating a ‘wrong perception’. Further afield, markets are in consolidation as foreign portfolio investments are still gloomy relative to equities. However, domestic investors have provided crucial support, maintaining their belief in the India story. With volatility expected to increase ahead of an election year, could DII buying take a pause? .

The departure of Sam Altman from OpenAI, known for the artificial intelligence software ChatGPT, and his eventual return were the most important news in the AI ​​world last week. While no one knows exactly why OpenAI’s board decided to remove Altman as CEO of the company, a recent report suggests that software called Q Star (Q*) may be behind it. What is this Q Star software? Let’s decode it in this episode of the podcast.

First print: December 1, 2023 | 12:32 pm IST