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What’s fake is real, what’s real is fake


Have we reached the point where real is not real? Is there really is an ‘alternative’ news? Can you tell who the real Obama is? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

I’ve been following AI and emerging technologies and how they can help the graphic design, marketing and advertising industries. Imagine using the viewer’s big data, purchased from the big data brokers, and superimposing their faces and voices into a TV commercial for insurance. Imagine seeing YOUR face, in a terrible auto accident or performing shocking acts in an adult movie? Or, you can have Donald Trump deliver your sales pitch in a radio ad. Yes, it’s a little scary, but there’s an app for that.

As this story unfolds we see an almost unfathomable future. I’m not going to write ten thousand words on this because so many people are richly pontificating on it already. Below, I’ll provide some of my links collected … you may be amazed, and just a little bit scared.

And, thanks for reading …

Fred Showker

Editor/Publisher : 60-Seconds.com,  — Published online since 1988 — +FredShowker on Google+ or most social medias #showker or #fredshowker  and our Facebook Discussion Group

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In his article on Hackernoon, Gaurav Oberoi at the Allen Institute for AI shows us (above) how the face replacement technology is already being used by Madison Avenue marketers. (I’ll share that link a little later!)

With every new technology however, there’s always a dark side, and we’ve already proven that the underworld and cybercrime is almost always two or three steps ahead of everyone else. It’s their job to take your money before you can catch up with them. So, follow along down the rabbit hole where reality is no longer real.

In December 2017, a user named “DeepFakes” posted realistic looking explicit videos of famous celebrities on Reddit. He generated these fake videos using deep learning, the latest in AI, to insert celebrities’ faces into adult movies.

The Face2Face algorithm that can swap a recorded video with real-time face tracking, this new type of fake news shows that we’re on the verge of living in a world where it’s trivially easy to fabricate believable videos of people doing and saying things they never did. Even having sex.

After 20 minutes of listening, a new Adobe tool can make you say anything

The same company that gave the world Photoshop wants to do for the human voice what it did for the human image — give people the tools to warp it in anyway they see fit. At the Adobe Max Creativity Conference, the company premiered VoCo: an audio editing suite that will allow users to make people say whatever they want just by typing.

One online videographer used FakeApp to put Daisy Ridley’s face on another ‘adult’ performer … another Redditor put Jessica Alba’s face on ‘adult’ performer Melanie Rios’

Gaurav Oberoi at Hackernoon : Exploring DeepFakes :  Deepfakes is the tip of the iceberg where methods of video generation are concerned. New technologies allow anyone to easily construct a controllable 3D model of a person from a photo collection. At some point, you will not be able to trust anything. If AI matures into robotics and synthetic fabrication and cloning, you may not even be able to believe what you’re actually looking at and feeling in real life. At that point, real life will no longer be real life.

And, thanks for reading …

Editor/Publisher : 60-Seconds.com,  — Published online since 1988 — +FredShowker on Google+ or most social medias #showker or #fredshowker  and our Facebook Discussion Group


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60 Seconds Exploring Design & Technology since 1988
Fred Showker explores design, graphics, computing, social media, marketing, and the online world with an eye to entertaining, amazing information that will possibly make you think!

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