#Deepfakes: Fake Obama created using AI video tool

August 9, 2018 · 257 views

Researchers at the University of Washington have produced a photorealistic former US President Barack Obama. Artificial intelligence was used to precisely model how Mr Obama moves his mouth when he speaks. Their technique allows them to put any words into their synthetic Barack Obama’s mouth.


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We can't stop deepfakes

Technology is a tool, and will be used as such for subjectively positive or negative purposes. The University of Washington is a public research institution and while I find this kind of technology to be potentially troubling, once this process is understood it can be counteracted. We must not allow ourselves to make black boxes of these newly emerging technologies, we must demystify them and try to understand them. We only fear what we can not understand, and technology is very much within our capacity of understanding.

Ronn · 2 months ago
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Here's a piece from CNN talking about the problem with deepfakes

Here's why it's so hard to spot deepfakesSpoofed videos known as deepfakes are increasingly appearing on social media, but tech companies are still trying to figure out how to handle them. CNN's Laurie Segall explains why these fake videos are so hard to spot.
Cryon · 2 months ago
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Fake news has gone a long way

It was only a matter of time before this happens for both videos and voice and it really will discredit footage either video or voice as evidence when it can be faked easily enough but worse yet is a lot of fake news thats going around now, this could make it much worse and the public have little trust in the system as it is.

awesome8 · 2 months ago
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