Some deepfake examples are incredibly convincing. They display how deep learning technology could transform pipelines for 3D artists and filmmakers, and seriously cut down manual editing time. However, there is growing concern over how the technology could be abused to create realistic doctored videos that serve a negative purpose. Deepfakes now appear in many movies for example, in some of our favourite 3D movies , and they are definitely becoming more part of the mainstream process. Here, we look at nine landmarks in the rise of deepfakes. But first, here is a little more info on what deepfakes are. Deepfakes are so-named because they use deep learning technology, a branch of machine learning that applies neural net simulation to massive data sets, to create a fake.
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Actor Jim Meskimen partnered with deepfake artist Sham00k to make his celebrity impressions a little more realistic. Meskimen and Sham00k shared the results in a YouTube video , and honestly, they're pretty remarkable. The video speaks to Meskimen's talent as an impressionist but also to the capability of deepfake software. It proves how well the tech is able to blur the line between what's real and what isn't. Though, it still takes a ton of work. According to Sham00k, the full video took just over hours of work, 1, hours of footage, , images and close to one terabyte of data to create. Sham00k released a video on his own channel showing the datasets and techniques he used to achieve the effect:.
AI-generated fake videos are becoming more common and convincing. Mon 13 Jan Many are pornographic. The AI firm Deeptrace found 15, deepfake videos online in September , a near doubling over nine months. As new techniques allow unskilled people to make deepfakes with a handful of photos, fake videos are likely to spread beyond the celebrity world to fuel revenge porn. Deepfake technology can create convincing but entirely fictional photos from scratch. Similar scams have reportedly used recorded WhatsApp voice messages. But deepfakes themselves were born in when a Reddit user of the same name posted doctored porn clips on the site. The videos swapped the faces of celebrities — Gal Gadot, Taylor Swift, Scarlett Johansson and others — on to porn performers.
Actor Jim Meskimen has released a video on YouTube giving a "deeper" look at his skills as an impressionist. The voice work is all his, but thanks to deepfake software, he also takes on the facial features of 20 celebrities -- and becomes recognizably those people. Deepfakes , video forgeries that make people appear to be doing or saying things they didn't, are the moving-picture equivalent of bogus images created with programs like Photoshop. There are also fears that deepfakes could escalate the fake news campaign during the US presidential race. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.