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Disney’s Developed Movie-Quality Face-Swapping Technology That Promises to Change Filmmaking

In a few short years, neural-network-powered automated face swaps have gone from being mildly convincing to eerily believable. But through new research from Disney, neural face-swapping is poised to become a legitimate and high-quality tool for visual effects studios working on Hollywood blockbusters. Read More >>

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These VFX Artists Made a Tupac Deepfake to Rap with Snoop Dogg

I’m going to go ahead and file that under “headlines I never imagined I’d be writing in 2020.” Read More >>

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This Office Space Meets The Matrix Deepfake Deserves a Theatrical Release

The deepfake hits just keep on coming. Following an excellent reimagining of Back to the Future where Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox are replaced with Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, another talented deepfaker has put Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving into Office Space, creating the fourth Matrix film we really deserve. Read More >>

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This Unsettlingly Accurate Deepfake Casts Tom Holland and Robert Downey, Jr. in Back to the Future

Deepfake technology continues to weird me out. It seems just a matter of time until it changes how we experience visual media. These just look so damn persuasive, and I have to imagine they’re only going to get better. Or worse, depending on how you look at it. Read More >>

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Alphabet CEO Sides With EU on Facial-Recognition Tech Moratorium, But Microsoft Isn’t Convinced

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently came out in support of a European Union proposal for instating a temporary ban on facial-recognition technology until officials beef up privacy regulations. Read More >>

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Facebook Cracks Down on Deepfakes – Sort Of

Facebook has announced it is banning misleadingly manipulated videos - i.e. deepfakes - although, because it's Facebook, it's not banning all of them and people are pissed off at the exceptions. Read More >>

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TikTok Owner ByteDance Has Reportedly Been Working on a ‘Safer’ Deepfake Feature

ByteDance, the owner behind TikTok, has been secretly building a deepfake feature that would allow users to insert their faces into videos they’re not actually in, according to a TechCrunch report. While the feature is not live yet, it would appear that TikTok and Douyin – TikTok’s sister app in China – both feature code for taking multiangle biometric scans of a user’s face. The scan can then be inserted in select videos before being shared. Read More >>

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Witness Spooky Evidence of Snapchat’s New Face-Swapping Feature

Sometimes social media dipsomania comes into harsh relief, as it did today when the technology wars manifested themselves as the ability to superimpose your face on a cat: aka, Snapchat’s new social drug 'Cameos'. It’s terrifying. Read More >>

deepfakes
Deepfake Art Project Reimagines Nixon’s Speech Had Apollo 11 Gone Horribly Wrong

A prepared speech that US President Richard Nixon thankfully never had to make has been brought to life in an art project that poses the question: Can a deepfake rewrite history? Read More >>

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Twitter Wants the Hive Mind to Weigh In on Its Deepfake Policy

It doesn’t take a genius to know that deepfakes that are proliferated on social media could spell trouble. On that front, Twitter announced yesterday that it has drafted a policy to deal with “synthetic and manipulated” media – and it wants public input before it becomes official. Read More >>

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Turns Out Elon Musk-Backed OpenAI’s Text Generator Is More Funny Than Dangerous, For Now

Elon Musk-backed non-profit OpenAI, which claimed to have developed a machine learning-powered text generation software so powerful that it couldn’t be ethically released to the public, has... done just that. Read More >>

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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 >>