Whatever happened to good old photoshop, photobooth, or simply cutting and pasting a picture of yourself on a beach somewhere? Well, those days are long gone and the truth is being assaulted by generated videos dubbed “deepfakes” that use AI-based facial generating technology to create fake videos.
Advances in artificial intelligence could soon make creating convincing fake audio and video – known as “deepfakes” – relatively easy. Making a person appear to say or do something they did not has the potential to take the war of disinformation to a whole new level.
The Pentagon, through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is working with several of the country’s biggest research institutions to get ahead of deepfakes.
But in order to learn how to spot deepfakes, you first have to make them. That takes place at the University of Colorado in Denver, where researchers working on DARPA’s program are trying to create convincing deepfake videos. These will later be used by other researchers who are developing technology to detect what’s real and what’s fake.
Donie O’Sullivan, Reporter at CNN
CNN’s recent article dives into the shadows of the world of deepfakes and takes you through the process of making them.