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The US State of California Bans Deepfakes in Porn and Politics

California has become the latest American state to ban politically motivated deepfakes amidst growing concern about how the technology could be used to interfere with the 2020 presidential election. Read More >>

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What If Captain Picard’s Star Trek: Nemesis Clone Was Just Patrick Stewart, Instead of Bald Baby Tom Hardy?

Star Trek: Nemesis is a nightmare of a movie, but one of its slightly better nightmares is the bonkers performance a young, spectacularly shaved Tom Hardy gives as Shinzon, the villain of the film and also the Romulan-made clone of Jean-Luc Picard. But what if instead of just inviting us to believe that Patrick Stewart looked like Tom Hardy as a youth, Shinzon was...just Patrick Stewart? Read More >>

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Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO’s Voice to Fool Underling Into Transferring £200,000

The CEO of an energy firm based in the UK thought he was following his boss’s urgent orders in March when he transferred funds to a third-party. But the request actually came from the AI-assisted voice of a fraudster. Read More >>

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Another Realistic Deepfake App Goes Viral Before Majorly Creeping People Out

Advancements in deepfake technology are quickly making your face just another piece of personal data you need to worry about getting stolen. One iPhone app that recently went viral makes creating a fake video as easy as taking a selfie. Read More >>

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A New Method Of Spotting Deepfake Videos Looks For the Subtle Movements We Don’t Realise We Make

The quality and speed at which videos can now be faked using neural networks and deep learning processes promises to make the upcoming presidential election even more of a nightmare. But by exploiting something overlooked in current deepfake techniques, researchers have found an automated way to spot fake videos. Read More >>

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Spy Used AI to Create Fake LinkedIn Photo to Fool Targets, Report Finds

LinkedIn might be where you go to find jobs, but it’s also apparently where spies lurk. Experts are now saying they’ve found an instance where a spy used an AI-generated face to connect with targets, according to a report from the Associated Press. Read More >>

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Adobe Shows Off First Research for Tools to Detect Manipulated Photos

Photoshop has long been one of the primary sources of manipulated photos and imagery, so in an attempt to counter the fake news epidemic, Adobe has also started developing tools that can both detect when an image has been manipulated, and reverse the changes to reveal the original. Read More >>

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Meet the Deepfake Zuckerberg, Same as the Flesh Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg may be famed for looking and acting like a (slightly damp) synthetic being trying to infiltrate human society, but a team of artists working with advertising company Canny appears to built a software version of the Facebook CEO that could one day threaten to make hardware Zuckerberg obsolete. Read More >>

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This AI-Generated Joe Rogan Voice Sounds Eerily Like the Real Thing

In recent years, eerily accurate deepfake videos have gotten a lot of press, but automated voice replication has been quietly sliding into the uncanny valley as well. Case in point: The AI company Dessa has created a simulation of podcaster Joe Rogan’s voice that is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Read More >>

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How Filmmakers Created Fake Newsreels in the 1920s

A horrifying magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Japan on September 1, 1923, killing over 140,000 people. And while news of the devastation reached newspapers around the world by the next day, there was no way to get film footage from Japan to the United States that quickly. But that didn’t stop filmmakers from making fake films to show in cinemas around the U.S. – like a fake newsreel of the earthquake in Japan that was rushed to cinemas in a matter of days. Read More >>

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Scarlett Johansson on Deepfakes: ‘The Internet Is a Vast Wormhole of Darkness That Eats Itself’

One of the darkest aspects of our technologically advanced world is how new advancements are inevitably used to sexually exploit people online. Perhaps few know this better than Scarlett Johansson. Speaking to the Washington Post for a story about the rise of deepfakes and how they are being used to harass women online, the actor cut straight to the bone. Read More >>

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The Ultimate Weapon of X-Men: Red’s Greatest Villain is All Too Real

Tom Taylor, Rogê Antônio, and Rain Beredo’s X-Men: Red has been telling the story of how Jean Grey’s newest team of handpicked X-Men are fighting to establish better mutant international relations while also battling the literal embodiment of racism that’s born out of viral hate speech generated online. Read More >>

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How Archivists Could Stop Deepfakes From Rewriting History

History is rife with fakes. In 1983, the German magazine Stern announced that it had acquired previously undocumented diaries written by Hitler, a find British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper initially heralded as “an archive of great historical significance.” In reality, however, an illustrator named Konrad Kujau had penned the volumes himself. Thanks to the scrutiny of historians at the German Federal Archive, they were soon revealed to be forgeries and the so-called “Hitler Diaries” became a cautionary tale about media frenzies. Read More >>

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American Porn Company Wants to Use DeepFakes to Put You into Your Favourite Porn Videos

In case you haven't heard of Deep Fakes, let me remind you. They're a recent phenomenon which involves using AI to alter videos and replace one of the on-screen faces with that of a completely different person - something that's already been used to develop fake celebrity porn. They've proven controversial, and are generally considered unwelcome on a lot of major porn sites, but one company has decided to monetise the whole process. They want fans to pay to put themselves into the porn. Read More >>

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Most Deepfake Videos Have One Glaring Flaw

The rate at which deepfake videos are advancing is both impressive and deeply unsettling. But researchers have described a new method for detecting a “telltale sign” of these manipulated videos, which map one person’s face onto the body of another. It’s a flaw even the average person would notice: a lack of blinking. Read More >>