Synthesia, the firm behind Deep Fakes, given public cash

Technology which can be used to make fake videos that “threaten democracy” is being funded by a government research body.

The artificial intelligence technology, known as Deep Fakes, can be used to mimic facial expressions and build propaganda videos by making anyone say anything with a degree of realism.

Synthesia, a British company that has pioneered the technology, received almost £70,000 from Innovate UK, a government-funded organisation, this year.

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Machine generated videos like Deepfakes – Trick or Treat?

A Reddit user named “DeepFakes” had posted real-looking explicit videos of celebrities last year. He made use of deep learning techniques to insert celebrities’ faces into the adult movies. Since then the term “Deepfakes” has been used to describe deep learning techniques that help create realistic looking fake videos or images. Video tampering is usually done using generative adversarial networks.

Why is everyone afraid of deepfakes?

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Ben Sasse wants you to know that he is really worried about Deepfakes

Fake news? Deepfakes? We’re long past the point of the internet as a series of tubes…

“Deepfakes–seemingly authentic video or audio recordings that can spread like wildfire online–are likely to send American politics into a tailspin, and Washington isn’t paying nearly enough attention to the very real danger that’s right around the corner… The word deepfake has become a generic noun for the use of machine-learning algorithms and facial-mapping technology to digitally manipulate people’s voices, bodies and faces. And the technology is increasingly so realistic that the Deepfakes are almost impossible to detect.”

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Deep Fake video war: Point of no return for world just TWO YEARS away

THE world has almost reached a point in which no videos can be trusted, an expert has warned – and it may be just two years away.

Dr Lyu Siwei, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Albany in the United States, spoke exclusively to Daily Star Online about his fears.

Lyu spent years working on a programme designed to detect so-called “deep fakes”, highly convincing faked video footage where another person’s head is edited into another video to make it seem as if they are saying and doing things which they never did.

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Google’s DeepMind Can Now Create Fake Photos That Look Totally Realistic

A few weeks ago, we covered Congress’ letter to the Director of National Intelligence, which asked the agency to look into ‘deepfakes’, images and videos altered by ‘deep learning’ AI software. What makes deepfakes so dangerous is that the edits (especially face swaps) can look real enough to fool most people, even under close scrutiny.

Now, Google’s DeepMind has taken things a step further—instead of editing someone into a compromising photo or video, they can create photo-realistic images almost from whole cloth. Their new research paper, titled “Large Scale GAN training for high fidelity natural image synthesis,” was posted on Arxiv.org.

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Deepfakes 2.0: The terrifying future of AI and fake news

Imagine seeing yourself in a porn video. Naked. Violated. Except you have no recollection of the act, of the room you’re in, partner you’re with, or the camera filming. That’s because it didn’t really happen, at least not to you.

Or imagine seeing yourself in a video saying things you’ve never said before, controversial things, the sort of stuff that could cost you your job or alienate you from family and friends. The voice you hear is definitely yours, and so are the turns of phrase, but you have no recollection of what’s being said, and you’re horrified at what you hear.

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Deepfakes are being weaponized to silence women

Deepfakes are being weaponized to silence women — but this woman is fighting back

Fake sex videos aren’t a new phenomenon, but advancement in AI is worrying as ‘deepfakes’ are becoming increasingly harder to distinguish from real videos.

Deepfake tech has become easily accessible and videos can be made via FakeApp or on affordable consumer-grade equipment, which is partly why earlier this year the web was flooded with pornographic films of high-profile female celebrities.

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Are deepfakes the new #FakeNews?

Deepfakes are manipulated media files that use advanced artificially intelligent technology to create fake videos. It’s been said that the camera doesn’t lie, but it turns out that it can. Here is how it’s turning the familiar faces of politicians and celebrities into #FakeNews.

media update’s Jenna Cook uncovers the capabilities of deepfakes.
So far, deepfakes have been limited to amateur hobbyists and Hollywood producers making politicians say funny things and putting Nicholas Cage’s face in places where it just shouldn’t be. But the potential to create manipulated media is quickly becoming the new frontier in the age of #FakeNews.
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Facebook reveals ‘deepfake’ avatars that bear uncanny resemblance to humans

Facebook has revealed its own version of “deepfakes”, hyper-realistic videos generated by computers which officials fear will become the next weapon in the ongoing misinformation war against the west.

Software engineers in the social network’s secretive artificial intelligence labs have been refining “virtual humans” which could be used as avatars in virtual worlds, the company revealed during an annual developer conference in San Jose, California on Wednesday.

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