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.

This is a snippet from an article by the Telegraph, read the full article…

Deepfake Videos: How To Detect Them?

As WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter continue to adopt stringent policies against the spread of fake news, another form of misinformation is gaining traction from the masses — morphed videos known as “deepfakes.”

These are extremely realistic face-swapped clips that can make a person — be it a celebrity or politician — say or do anything, without giving the real individual a clue of what is happening until it’s too late. The technology behind these relies on a deep neural network, a type of machine learning technique that learns from a source to produce a fake video of the target.

This is a snippet from an article by ibtimes, read the full article here…

Deepfakes are coming. Is Big Tech ready?

Mark Zuckerberg insisted at Facebook’s annual developer conference earlier this year that his company “will never be unprepared … again” for meddling and disinformation efforts like those run by Russian trolls on its platform during the run-up to the 2016 election.

Yet the social media behemoth and its competitors may still be ill-equipped for their next great challenge: Fake videos that look so real you’d believe former President Obama really did call President Trump a “dipsh*t.”

This is a snippet of an article written by Sara Ashley O’Brien, you can read the full article on cnn.com