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Is Seeing Believing Or... Deceiving?

How can humans disentangle misinformation from truth?

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From the shaky handheld footage of Bigfoot lumbering down the Klamath river in 1967, to the “leaked” top secret video of an alien autopsy that stunned scientists in 1995, questioning the legitimacy of videographic evidence is a debate we have long been familiar with. And as technology continues to advance, so too does our ability to achieve this kind of visual trickery.

Nowadays, hyper realistic video manipulation is a pursuit no longer limited to the likes of big budget Hollywood studios and the artists they employ. Instead, thanks to widely accessible AI driven software, we are witnessing an explosion in the number of Deepfake videos appearing on the internet each year. So, with so much opportunity for visual fakery at our fingertips, is it time to ask, “can we really trust the things we see?

This is the question at the heart of the new scripted Peacock Original series, The Capture. Written and directed by Ben Chanan, the show follows Shaun Emery, a soldier who has been accused of a grizzly crime. The whole incident has been captured on video, but Shaun remembers the events of that night differently.

Complicating matters however, is Shaun’s own mental state. With tensions ratcheting up and the intensity of the interrogation room bearing down, Shaun begins to question the accuracy of his own memory. So, when no longer certain of what transpired and faced with overwhelming video evidence, which should Shaun put his trust in - the video or his memory?

To find out the truth, tune in to The Capture, all episodes streaming exclusively on Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal.

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