Vladimir Putin ‘will never die’ as fears Russia could resurrect him ‘with AI’

AI has already had an impact on politics after London Mayor Sadiq Khan was targeted with deepfake audio last week.

Vladimir Putin Meets With Russian Election Commission

There are concerns Putin could be kept alive using deep fake AI (Image: Getty)

Vladimir Putin could never die because Russia could resurrect him using Artificial Intelligence (AI) after he has died.

In recent years there has been wave after wave of rumours about Putin’s health and whether he has already died.

At the moment, Putin isn't dead, but there will come a time when he is no longer alive, a position that will put the Russian government in a tricky position.

One fear is that they will not announce his death and could instead keep him going with a deepfake made using AI.

Express.co.uk spoke to Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor at ESET about whether this was possible.

A set of televisions with Vladimir Putin on them

Deepfake technology has advanced rapidly in recent years (Image: Getty)

Mr Moore said: “It is 100 percent possible that you could keep someone living within a deep fake for as long as they wish to push these videos out.

“They are increasing with this advancement in the technology so you argue that he should look older now, but you can just age them within the algorithm to carry on as you would expect them to look.

“If you want to use this technology in a form of misinformation, disinformation, propaganda election meddling, political movements you’ve got the capacity and the technology to carry out this attack in the hands of threat actors incredibly well and with very impressive results.

“People are going to fall for it because I don’t think enough people are aware that his deepfake technology exists and how good it is.”

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has already been the victim by a deep fake audio (Image: Getty)

As a result, there are concerns this technology could be used to meddle in elections and spread misinformation about politicians.

This has already happened in the UK to London Mayor Sadiq Khan ahead of last weekend’s Armistice Day.

A deep fake audio of Mr Khan went viral on social media claiming that he was calling for Armistice Day to be rescheduled around a pro-Palestine march taking place.

While the clip could have had a significant impact on how Mr Khan was viewed and led many to believe it was him, the Metropolitan Police later said it was not a criminal offence.

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In a statement following the incident, Mr Khan warned about the impact these clips could have on elections: “It’s clear these videos were intended to sow seeds of hatred and division.

“I’d encourage anyone who comes across content like this to report it to the relevant social media platform to ensure it doesn’t get further traction with those who seek to divide us.”

Lord Bailey, an opponent to Mr Khan during the last Mayoral election in 2021 called it a slippery slope and warned: “The Government is seized of the danger this poses. Just think about a future general election, think about - God forbid - future referenda.

“The Government does take it seriously, from the conversations I’ve had. It is a serious issue. Just think about the slippery slope, if we don’t take action.”

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