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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 >>

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The Screen Actors Guild Wants to Protect Its Members From Deepfakes

In the most recent issue of its union magazine, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) said it’s “closely watching the development of so-called deepfakes,” Deadline reports. Read More >>

science
When You Can Make ‘JFK’ Say Anything, What’s Stopping Him From Selling Doritos? 

Earlier this month, The Times teamed up with a tech company and a creative agency to digitally recreate “the speech JFK would have made in Dallas had he not been assassinated.” The Dallas Trade Mart speech never happened—Kennedy was killed the day he was supposed to deliver it—but thanks to artificial intelligence, you can now listen to “JFK” give the 22-minute speech in his own voice. Read More >>

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Reddit Bans AI-Powered Fake Porn

Following Twitter, Pornhub, Discord, and Imgur, Reddit has taken action to ban the posting of AI-generated fake porn—commonly called “deepfakes.” Read More >>

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Twitter and Pornhub are the Latest Platforms to Ban AI-Generated Celebrity Porn

If you've paying attention to porn news over the past couple of months, you'll know all about Deepfakes - AI-generated fake celebrity porn that stitches celebrity faces onto porn stars in existing videos. The tools first appeared back in December, but have now been made public with a growing community developing new fake videos. Read More >>