Check out this convincing deepfake of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in Star Trek


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Deepfakes, for those unfamiliar with the term, is the manipulation of images and videos using machine learning, usually involving the superimposing of a person’s face over the source material. When it first came to light, it was quite easy to spot a doctored video—but the quality is improving.

In the clip, Bezos plays a Talosian alien. Its big, bald head likely made it easier to insert the Amazon CEO. We also see Musk as Captain Christopher Pike, captain of the USS Enterprise before Kirk. There are several characters involved in the scene, but they’ve been cut out, which is why the conversation seems a bit bizarre.

An equally impressive recent deepfake saw an altered version of 80s classic Back to the Future. In it, Spider-Man Tom Holland is pasted into the Michael J. Fox role, while Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. takes over from Christopher Lloyd.

While these clips are fun, there’s concern that deepfakes could be used to put words into the mouths of public figures, thereby spreading false news or worse. It's also been used to place the faces of Hollywood actresses onto porn stars in adult movies—something that's been classed as nonconsensual content.

A deepfakes pioneer last September said we were six months away from “perfectly real” videos, and it looks as if he might be right.

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I mean ok, but when the head doesn't move you can clip about any static face in there with traditional efforts. It's when the head turns and you need different shadow lighting and views from different angles that would impress me.


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It is interesting how they pose as if they are some ancient greek olympians... it seems as if they got tremendous presence and they act the scene before acting itself... Quite fascinating. Pointing at the sceen where musk poses in different angles, as if he is portraing confidence and importance of being the spectacle and playing the magnititude of such conflit as such scale. Or the end of the second clip, where the actor stares at the wall (as if he noticed something spontaneously) and also seeing with the corner of his eyes, as if he is apparent of the presence of both things.