How scary-capable deepfakes have become

This video of Tom Cruise is a computer-generated fake.

In a series of tweets, Rachel Tobac, the CEO of SocialProof Security, warns that deepfakes like @deeptomcruise threaten to further erode public trust in a world where media literacy is poor and people already can’t agree on what’s true or false. Like the black and gold dress, where one person might notice giveaways that the Tom Cruise videos are synthesized, another might not know the signs of a fake and swear up and down that they’re real…

“Just because you feel you can personally tell the difference between synthetic & authentic media, it doesn’t mean we’re good to go,” she says. “It matters what the general public believes.”

Like most longtimey geeks, I recognize the many corrupt uses to which this class of software will be dedicated. Guaranteed. But, I count on…

1. Equally talented geeks coming up with software which will detect and label the criminal and political productions waiting in the wings.

2. Responsible types will publicize the fakes as such…and identify and expose the creepier flavor of geeks out there willing to participate in criminal abuse of advances in technology.

8 thoughts on “How scary-capable deepfakes have become

  1. Creeping unknown says:

    In a disturbing use of deepfake technology, a mother from Pennsylvania in the United States has been arrested for framing her daughter’s cheerleading rivals for lewd acts they did not commit. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1407703
    While disturbing, it is not the first time such use of the technology has been recorded. For one, security firm Sensity last year reported that 104,852 women were targeted in July alone to have an artificial-intelligence-powered bot create nude deepfakes of them, which were shared online by thousands of users. https://technology.inquirer.net/104987/a-deepfake-bot-generated-nude-pictures-of-over-100000-women
    These seven affiliated channels on the messaging app attracted 103,585 users by the end of July, according to Sensity’s investigation.
    The bot used to create fake nudes of these women is an open-source version of DeepNude software, in which artificial intelligence “strips” images of clothed individuals by automatically generating a realistic approximation of their naked bodies.
    DeepNude made headlines in June 2019 when its website was shut down by its developers just a day after it received mainstream press coverage, explaining that “the probability that people will misuse it is too high.” The creators later sold the DeepNude license to an anonymous buyer for $30,000, following which the software was reverse-engineered.

  2. Orlac says:

    “Young Female Twitter Star Turns Out to Be 50-Year-Old Man Using Deepfakes” https://futurism.com/the-byte/young-female-twitter-star-turns-out-50-year-old-man-using-deepfakes
    “…It doesn’t look like the reveal negatively impacted Zonggu’s following. At the time of his confession, he had around 19,000 followers on Twitter. That has since ballooned to more than 24,000 followers at the time of reporting this.
    This is just another example of the fascinating and often bizarre applications of deepfake technology. While this man’s prank was relatively harmless, the tech can have some truly frightening and dangerous implications — especially when put into the wrong hands.”

  3. p/s says:

    “A growing problem of ‘deepfake geography’: How AI falsifies satellite images” https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/uow-agp042121.php
    “…with the prevalence of geographic information systems, Google Earth and other satellite imaging systems, location spoofing involves far greater sophistication, researchers say, and carries with it more risks. In 2019, the director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the organization charged with supplying maps and analyzing satellite images for the U.S. Department of Defense, implied that AI-manipulated satellite images can be a severe national security threat.” See https://spacenews.com/national-geospatial-intelligence-agency-challenged-to-keep-up-with-volatile-world/

  4. Scratch track says:

    “New deepfake technology allows Robert De Niro to deliver his famous line from Taxi Driverin flawless German—with realistic lip movements and facial expressions. The AI software manipulates an actor’s lips and facial expressions to make them convincingly match the speech of someone speaking the same lines in a different language. The artificial-intelligence-based tech could reshape the movie industry, in both alluring and troubling ways.”
    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/05/robert-de-niro-speaks-fluent-german-in-taxi-driver-thanks-to-ai/
    Neural Style-Preserving Visual Dubbing https://arxiv.org/pdf/1909.02518v2.pdf

    • Show/Business says:

      Deepfake dubs could help translate film and TV without losing an actor’s original performance https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/18/22430340/deepfake-dubs-dubbing-film-tv-flawless-startup
      “As a recent report in The Wall Street Journal highlighted, demand for streaming services in the US is saturated and companies are now looking abroad for future growth. In the first quarter of 2021, for example, 89 percent of new Netflix users came from outside the US and Canada, while the service’s most watched show, Lupin, is a Parisian thriller.
      “What you’re seeing is more and more streamers come online realizing the vast majority of their consumers are going to be outside the US, over time,” Erik Barmack, a former Netflix executive responsible for the company’s international productions, told the WSJ. “The question is how international does your content need to be to be successful.”

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