Amazon becomes the latest company to join the fight against deepfakes

The year 2019 has seen a rise in the usage of deepfakes and it’s a scary thing. In case you don’t know, deepfake is a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence.

It has been around for quite a while now but this year saw a rapid rise in deepfakes forcing tech giants to take steps to curb the usage and make sure they aren’t used to promote fake news.

Last month, Microsoft and Facebook partnered up to fight deepfakes and now Amazon has decided to join as well. In a blog post published today, Amazon called for action to fight against deepfakes with a generous contribution of $1 million in AWS credits to the Deepfake Detection challenge (DFDC).

Amazon is also working with DFDC partners to host complicated datasets for deepfake detection on the cloud service using its Amazon S3 scalable infrastructure. Amazon will be providing researchers and academics up to $10,000 and they can use the Amazon Machine Learning solutions lab to get started.

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Israeli Tech Firm Uses Deepfake to Dub Your Videos into Any Language

Israeli tech firm Canny AI may have perfected the use of deepfakes to dub your videos into any language.

Their service makes good use of deepfakes, as opposed to the most common applications of the technology.

This has garnered the company widespread acclaim from their clients.

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DeepFake George Lucas Destroys The Rise of Skywalker Trailer in Hilarious Video

The DeepFake version of George Lucas is not a fan of The Rise of Skywalker final trailer.

The latest trailer was released earlier this week and Star Wars fans have been taking each frame apart to find anything that could be seen as a spoiler or Easter Egg.

However, Lucasfilm has done a pretty good job about keeping everything under wraps since the movie was first revealed to be in production with J.J. Abrams at the helm.

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Deep Fake VFX – Pity the poor impressionist by Jim Meskimen

Go watch the full version first! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rPKe… A little behind the scenes video on how I created “A deeper look into the life of an impressionist” featured on Hollywood impressionist Jim Meskimens channel.

The full video took just over 250 hours of work, 1,200 hours of footage, 300,000 images and close to 1 terabyte of data to create.

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Deepfake Porn Is Still a Threat, Particularly for K-Pop Stars

When we talk about deepfakes, the term used to describe a type of digitally manipulated videos, most of the discussion is focused on the implications of deepfake technology for spreading fake news and potentially even destabilizing elections,  particularly the upcoming U.S. 2020 election.

A new study from Deeptrace Labs, however, a cybersecurity company that detects and monitors deepfakes, suggests that the biggest threat posed by deepfakes has little to do with politics at all and that women all over the world may be at risk.

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Deepfake videos ‘double in nine months’

New research shows an alarming surge in the creation of so-called deepfake videos, with the number online almost doubling in the last nine months. There is also evidence that the production of these videos is becoming a lucrative business.

And while much of the concern about deepfakes has centred on their use for political purposes, the evidence is that pornography accounts for the overwhelming majority of the clips.

This is a snippet from an article by the BBC, you can read the full article here…

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