Slate: Sing On, Vocal Deepfakes

Slate: Sing On, Vocal Deepfakes. “Certainly, it’s worrying that vocal avatars could be deployed in the manner that deepfake video and photos have been. For critics, a foreboding future looms where vocal deepfakes erode trust in traditional forms of evidence (and herald even more annoying robocalls and phone scams). For others, this nascent technology holds great promise, offering realistic vocal models for people with speech impairments, more convincing voice assistants, intimate chatbots, and myriad uses in the entertainment industry. Motivated more by artistic interests than commercial applications, musicians in particular envision different possibilities for the future of human and machine collaboration.”

Researchers propose detecting deepfakes with surprising new tool: Mice (CNET)

CNET: Researchers propose detecting deepfakes with surprising new tool: Mice. “Decades after Terminator’s Skynet first taught us to fear the apocalyptic potential of artificial intelligence, deepfakes represent a less deadly but very real threat from AI. Some researchers are now using a surprising and definitively analog tool to detect AI-manipulated audio: mice.”

The best deepfakes on the web: Baby Elon, Ryan Reynolds Wonka, and beyond (Digital Trends)

Digital Trends: The best deepfakes on the web: Baby Elon, Ryan Reynolds Wonka, and beyond. “Ever since the tech first burst onto the scene, a burgeoning community of deepfake creators has assembled online. Due to the controversial nature of the technology, many of these creators weren’t willing to share their real names. But share their work and thoughts on said work? That’s another thing entirely. Here are some of the most dazzling realistic fruits of their labor.”

CNN: The Democratic Party deepfaked its own chairman to highlight 2020 concerns

CNN: The Democratic Party deepfaked its own chairman to highlight 2020 concerns. “The Democratic National Committee wanted to demonstrate the potential threat to the 2020 election posed by deepfake videos — clips created with artificial intelligence that can make people appear to do or say things they never did. So the committee came up with a novel solution: It had experts make one, with its chair as the victim.”

Bloomberg Government: Facebook, Google, Twitter Detail How to Address Deepfake Videos

Bloomberg Government: Facebook, Google, Twitter Detail How to Address Deepfake Videos. “Facebook, Twitter and Google are considering policy changes on handling realistic but fake videos and images following a widely circulated doctored video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the companies told a key lawmaker. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) asked the three companies in July 15 letters to detail how they planned to address doctored videos and images, including ‘deepfakes,’ which are manipulated content created with artificial intelligence.”

The Cutting Edge of AI Cyber Attacks: Deepfake Audio Used to Impersonate Senior Executives (CPO Magazine)

CPO Magazine: The Cutting Edge of AI Cyber Attacks: Deepfake Audio Used to Impersonate Senior Executives. “There is a great deal of public concern about deepfakes, most of it centered on the ramifications of being able to quickly and easily face-swap videos. That concern is certainly well-founded, but it may be obscuring an even more immediate threat – deepfake audio. Voice-swapping has already been put to use in at least a handful of artificial intelligence (AI) cyber attacks on businesses, enabling attackers to gain access to corporate networks and convince employees to authorize a money transfer.”

TechCrunch: An optimistic view of deepfakes

TechCrunch: An optimistic view of deepfakes. “The negative implications of deepfakes are troubling, and the better we understand them, the better we’ll be able to prevent their worst consequences. For better or worse, the technology is here to stay. But there is a ‘better’ here—deepfakes have much in the way of lighthearted upside.”