Quartz: The hottest trend in AI is perfect for creating fake media. “Artificial intelligence researchers have a new best friend: the ‘generative adversarial network.’ But the flip side of this technology, which can help us enhance images and train medical algorithms, is that GANs will make hoaxes, doctored video, and forged voice clips easier to execute than ever before.”
NPR All Tech Considered: In The Future Movie Stars May Be Performing Even After They’re Dead. “Technology is threatening a lot of jobs — travel agents, truck drivers, factory workers. But here’s one you might not expect: actors. Technology in the entertainment business is on course to create digital actors who compete with live ones. The Acadamy Award-winning Blade Runner 2049 gives us a glimpse of this future. “
New York Times: Here Come the Fake Videos, Too. “Artificial intelligence video tools make it relatively easy to put one person’s face on another person’s body with few traces of manipulation. I tried it on myself. What could go wrong?” A deep and pretty scary dive.
CNET: Google AI now can give YouTube videos a wacky background. “Google… trained a neural network with lots of carefully labeled imagery that helped it learn how to distinguish facial features — eyes, hair, glasses, mouths and so on — from everything else. The result is a system that can swap out backgrounds fast enough to keep up with video. Digital video frames whip by at 30 frames per second, but Google’s technology works at 40 frames per second on a Google Pixel 2 phone and more than 100 frames per second on an Apple iPhone 7.”
TechCrunch: The real consequences of fake porn and news. “For a democratic society in which the presumption of truth is generally the default response to most content, we will quite soon live in a world where everything must be considered fake without evidence to the contrary. It’s as if we suddenly moved to an authoritarian country and needed to constantly dismiss the propaganda we see every day. When it comes to policy problems facing startups, tech companies, political parties and governments together, this challenge is about as thorny as they come.”
ReviewGeek: 6 Cheap Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. “Adobe Photoshop is easily the industry standard when it comes to graphic and photo editing. We don’t just edit a photo these days, but we ‘photoshop’ it—but ‘shopping things with the real deal isn’t cheap…. Fortunately, if you’d rather spend a one-off fee and actually own a software license for your chosen product, there are numerous alternatives out there. We’ve taken a look at some of the best. Some options are entirely free, while others are browser based, so there should be something that’s perfect for you, regardless of your situation.”
Bustle: How To Edit A DM On Instagram With The App’s New Remix Feature. “There are a lot of reasons I shouldn’t be given the power to edit and draw on my friends’ photos, but the biggest one is that there is roughly zero chance I won’t draw something funny on the photo, like a pair of Harry Potter-inspired glasses or something. Still, Instagram is daring to give me — and every other user on the app — the power to do just that. In a new update released Tuesday, Instagram introduced their new ‘remix’ feature, which allows users to edit, draw on, or even add stickers and emojis to direct message photos their friends send them. They can then send the photos back, and as a result, their friend will be able to edit the previously edited photo even more than it already is. I know, it sounds a little complicated — but trust me, figuring out how to edit a DM on Instagram is super easy with remix.”