Jen Destefano

Jen Destefano’s story made national news. Her daughter Brie was abducted and the kidnappers let them speak to each other to prove it. But while they had demands for big money, they didn’t actually have her daughter. Was it a deepfake, a really good actor or a prank taken way too far?

AI is really unnecessary to commit most of the scams we see these days, but that isn’t to say it isn’t being used–and while we tend to be underwhelmed by AI so far, Travis points out that it may well be better than we know. So, a mystery this week as we explore the kidnapping that never was facilitated by the AI that may or may not have been used.

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