Deepfakes

Posted on Jan 06, 2019 by Joey

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What a weird world we live in. This reporting is from the Washington Post and Newsweek.

From the Post article, “Now, videos are becoming just as vulnerable to fakes that look deceptively real. Supercharged by powerful and widely available artificial-intelligence software developed by Google, these lifelike “deepfake” videos have quickly multiplied across the Internet, blurring the line between truth and lie.”

This article goes on to detail one case of a woman whose face has been superimposed on a video. And you probably guessed right, it's a porn video.

One “deepfake” of Sarlett Johansson the actress, has been seen about1.5 million times.

Sometimes the purpose is to just to embarrass, or sometimes to extort the poor soul. The Washington Post article reveals that you can get one of these made for about twenty dollars a fake. The article says that porn is not the only place deepfakes are done, but use to make them has skyrocket.

“Videos have for decades served as a benchmark for authenticity, offering a clear distinction from photos that could be easily distorted. Fake video, for everyone except high-level artists and film studios, has always been too technically complicated to get right. But recent breakthroughs in machine-learning technology, employed by creators racing to refine and perfect their fakes, have made fake-video creation more accessible than ever,“ according to the Post.

Like I said at the top of this post, what a weird world we live in.