Berkeley Engineering: UC Berkeley professor influences Facebook’s efforts to combat deepfakes

Berkeley Engineering: UC Berkeley professor influences Facebook’s efforts to combat deepfakes . “Hany Farid, a Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, was one of the researchers Facebook approached last year. The company ultimately invested $7.5 million with Berkeley, Cornell University and the University of Maryland to develop technology to spot the deepfakes. In a brief interview, Farid, who has a joint appointment at the School of Information, said manipulated videos, which often portray politicians and celebrities saying or doing things they didn’t do, pose a serious threat to society.”

Ars Technica: I created my own deepfake—it took two weeks and cost $552

Ars Technica: I created my own deepfake—it took two weeks and cost $552. “My Ars overlords gave me a few days to play around with deepfake software and a $1,000 cloud computing budget. A couple of weeks later, I have my result, which you can see above. I started with a video of Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress and replaced his face with that of Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Total spent: $552.”

Metro: BBC demands Tories take down Facebook adverts that ‘distort’ its clips

Metro: BBC demands Tories take down Facebook adverts that ‘distort’ its clips. “The BBC has told the Conservatives to remove online adverts that use edited versions of its political broadcasts.”

CNET: This deepfake shows an impressionist taking on 20 celebrities, convincingly

CNET: This deepfake shows an impressionist taking on 20 celebrities, convincingly. “Actor Jim Meskimen has released a video on YouTube giving a ‘deeper’ look at his skills as an impressionist. The voice work is all his, but thanks to deepfake software, he also takes on the facial features of 20 celebrities — and becomes recognizably those people.”

CNN: The number of deepfake videos online is spiking. Most are porn

CNN: The number of deepfake videos online is spiking. Most are porn. “There are at least 14,678 deepfake videos — and counting — on the internet, according to a recent tally by a startup that builds technology to spot this kind of AI-manipulated content. And nearly all of them are porn.”