How A Racist, Antisemitic A.I. Deepfake Recording Rocked My Community

This Kafkaesque episode foreshadows a future where anyone can use A.I. for malicious purposes

Ryan Fan
Corporate Underbelly

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Last year, I moved to a suburb of Baltimore in Pikesville, Maryland. Pikesville is a diverse suburb in the Northwest Baltimore area known for having a very robust Jewish community. It is not uncommon to see whole Orthodox Jewish families on a playground or on the sidewalks. Every other block has a major synagogue, and beyond Pikesville being considered the Jewish epicenter of the Baltimore area, it is also 14.5% Black, 6% Asian, and 3.2% Hispanic. I go on runs and see, mostly, Jewish people, but people of every race and culture, and I do many of my runs at or near Pikesville High School, the local high school in the community.

I live near the border of Baltimore County, the suburb, and the city, and still work in Baltimore City, so it’s not like my whole life has been consumed by this crisis. But Baltimore and its surrounding suburbs are small, interconnected places, so a January 17th recording of a principal making very racist and antisemitic comments rocked the community.

In the recording, the principal, Eric Eiswert, who is White, allegedly said he does not understand why he has to put up with “these dumbasses every day”…

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Ryan Fan
Corporate Underbelly

Believer, Baltimore City IEP Chair, and 2:39 marathon runner. Diehard fan of “The Wire.” Support me by becoming a Medium member: https://bit.ly/39Cybb8