For some reason, this story truly delights me, tickles my fancy, gives me a case of the giggles (but manly giggles, so it’s cool).
We’ve written about Deepfakes, a program that allows you to replace faces in videos. It was created to LITERALLY put celebrity faces on porn videos. It was also then tragically used to put Nicholas Cage into almost every movie that has ever existed (which might be a bit of a hyperbolic statement, but sue me, but please don’t because I can’t even afford to spend time, let alone money).
Now, some very important expert, who apparently has the ear of some very important Senators (they’re all important, right?…hashtag senatorslivesmatter), is warning you, the public, forget about Russia in 2020, it’s all about fake videos of candidates saying really stupid things.
You could, for instance, see Hillary Clinton eating pizza with pineapples on it, or Donald Trump singing a Nickelback song.
What makes this such an amusing story to me is that politicians are, by the very nature of the blood sport they participate in, already deepfakes versions of themselves.
So, for me, the idea of politicians becoming deepfakes videos is hardly a revolutionary thought at all. In many cases, the deepfakes versions of themselves might very well be more real than the alleged real version of themselves.
|“Deep Fake” Videos Could Be Used To Influence Future Global Politics, Experts Warn|
“Deepfakes” are the latest creepy fad for basement-dwelling porn addicts. These videos are made using a deep-learning algorithm that replaces the face of someone in a video with the face of someone else. This isn’t sinister in itself, but the person who created the software did it with the explicit intention of putting celebrity faces onto pornography…..
…Senators and an expert working on exposing digital fakes are warning about another malevolent use for the tech – using it to influence politics.
Similar tech, developed by Niessnerlab prior to deep fakes, has been used to create videos of US presidents and famous people moving their faces to mimic those of actors, to eerie effect. Actors have their expressions captured, and this data is used to alter the expression of celebrities in the video in real-time.
Which is awesome, but Virginia Senator Mark Warner has some concerns.
“The idea that someone could put another person’s face on an individual’s body, that would be like a home run for anyone who wants to interfere in a political process,” he told CBS.
The senator worries the technology could soon be good enough to fool voters and interfere with democracy.
“This is now going to be the new reality, surely by 2020, but potentially as early as this year.”