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Deepfakes are getting way more convincing

By Shawn Knight · 13 replies
Jun 5, 2018
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  1. Fake news is about to get a whole lot more convincing. Machine-learning experts have developed a neural network that enables the photo-realistic re-animation of portrait videos with stunning accuracy.

    In a paper titled Deep Video Portraits, researchers note that existing approaches are restricted to manipulations of facial expressions. Their new approach, however, transfers the full 3D head position, face expression, head rotation, eye blinking and eye gaze from a source to its target.

    You may be familiar with the term “deepfakes” which is often associated with the act of superimposing existing images or video onto source images or videos. The technique grew in popularity in recent memory as it was used to create fake celebrity pornography (plastering a celeb’s head on an adult movie star’s body).

    These “deep video portraits” are in the same wheelhouse as deepfakes albeit way more convincing (technically, they’re also quite a bit different but the goal – visual trickery – is the same).

    The mind immediately jumps to all the nefarious acts that this technology could enable and it’s a valid concern. Justus Thies, co-author of the paper and a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Munich, told The Register that he’s aware of the ethical implications of re-enactment projects.

    Yet for all of the potential dangers associated with using AI to create fake videos, there are also some practical applications that could benefit from the technology. As highlighted in the researchers’ video, applying the technique to the dubbing of foreign language movies results in a significantly better product.

    It’s not perfect, however, as drastic changes in facial expression or head poses can lead to artifacts. But with a still subject and a static background, the untrained eye is going to have a hard time detecting anything out of the ordinary.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 4,067   +1,190

    Know your source, corroborate, all is suspect. Now you are getting to know how the CIA feels.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    Fake news is easy enough to identify even with fake photos. If it's too outlandish or plausible to be real - it is.

    That is unless you're leaning so far in one direction that you'll soak in anything to validate that lean.
  4. Like the U.S. government giving guns to Mexican cartels?

    Or officials storing classified emails in broom closets?

    The consequence of A.I. is very simple: You can't trust anything.

    That's all there is.

    If you weren't there and you weren't involved with it, you don't know.

    And thanks to the blurring of reality...

    You never will.
    Berty Boy and Godel like this.
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,550   +1,768

    US giving cartels guns is quite plausible, given we arm militants the world over. That is hardly news.

    And government workers keeping emails in closets? Have you ever worked IT for the government? They do dumb **** ALL THE TIME. That is par for the course.

    If you are fooled by A.I. news, you probably cant handle any news that isnt spoon-fed to you. You should never trust what any media station tells you, because NO media is without bias. Finding the facts and coming to your own opinion has been par for the course since forever.
    wiyosaya, Berty Boy and Stark like this.
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,568   +559

    Step one don't get your news from social media. Step two, don't just use one politically sided news network.
  7. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,656   +320

    Pretty impressive. I like the idea of doing dubbing with this. Lip sync has always been a problem with dubbing, and it also affects the translation (because translators try to use text which matches the lip movement somewhat even if it's not the best text to use).
  8. Berty Boy

    Berty Boy TS Rookie

    The mainstream media is designed to manipulate and drive in a direction that the overseers steer. believe nothing apart from your own personally educated mind basing on common sense and factual evidence.. news is nothing more than hearsay as no one can give a first hand account. even those that Give Alleged first hand accounts can not be trusted as proven with the use of crisis actors.
  9. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 572   +247

  10. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Maniac Posts: 253   +191

    Get your news from the Intellectual Dark Web, a fast growing alternative news composed primarily of people outcast by the far Left for using facts and logic. They include Liberals, Libertarians, and Conservatives who are actually willing to debate issues with each other (and walk away respecting each other even if they disagree).

    The NYTimes wrote a surprisingly (mostly) unbiased article about the Intellectual Dark Web:
  11. Mighty Duck

    Mighty Duck TS Addict Posts: 151   +81

    Interesting idea. Somebody is thinking outside the box.
  12. Save your time and just sub to Stefan Molyneux’s channel on YouTube.
  13. antiproduct

    antiproduct TS Addict Posts: 115   +127

    Putin, is that you? Guess we can't trust what this person is saying, since it's not factual... blah blah blah.
  14. sasat

    sasat TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +21

    Fun times ahead, rocknroll

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