Wired: A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

Wired: A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering. “Video has become an increasingly crucial tool for law enforcement, whether it comes from security cameras, police-worn body cameras, a bystander’s smartphone, or another source. But a combination of ‘deepfake’ video manipulation technology and security issues that plague so many connected devices has made it difficult to confirm the integrity of that footage. A new project suggests the answer lies in cryptographic authentication.”

Deep Fakes: Let’s Not Go Off The Deep End (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Deep Fakes: Let’s Not Go Off The Deep End. “Much of the fear of deep fakes stems from the assumption that this is a fundamentally new, game-changing technology that society has not faced before. But deep fakes are really nothing new; history is littered with deceptive practices — from Hannibal’s fake war camp to Will Rogers’ too-real impersonation of President Truman to Stalin’s disappearing of enemies from photographs. And society’s reaction to another recent technological tool of media deception — digital photo editing and Photoshop — teaches important lessons that provide insight into deep fakes’ likely impact on society.”

The Next Web: Experts warn DeepFakes could influence 2020 US election

The Next Web: Experts warn DeepFakes could influence 2020 US election. “Fake AI-generated videos featuring political figures could be all the rage during the next election cycle, and that’s bad news for democracy. A recently released study indicates that DeepFakes, a neural network that creates fake videos of real people, represents one of the largest threats posed by artificial intelligence.”

Poynter: We tried to create a deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg and Alex Jones — and failed. Here’s what happened.

Poynter: We tried to create a deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg and Alex Jones — and failed. Here’s what happened.. “Making it look like someone did or said something that never happened is harder than it looks. That’s what Poynter learned over the past several weeks while trying to create a ‘deepfake’ video of Alex Jones, Infowars host and frequent conspiracy theorist, giving remarks that were actually made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Deepfakes, named after the Reddit user who came up with the method, are essentially created by extracting a large number of frames from one video and superimposing them on one another.”

Gizmodo: Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good

Gizmodo: Deepfake Videos Are Getting Impossibly Good. “Fake news sucks, and as those eerily accurate videos of a lip-synced Barack Obama demonstrated last year, it’s soon going to get a hell of a lot worse. As a newly revealed video-manipulation system shows, super-realistic fake videos are improving faster than some of us thought possible. The SIGGRAPH 2018 computer graphics and design conference is scheduled for August 12 to 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, but we’re already getting a taste of the jaw-dropping technologies that are set to go on display.”

Quartz: The hottest trend in AI is perfect for creating fake media

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

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. “