User-friendly face-swapping video-editing software making it possible to create fake videos seeming to feature real politicians is reaching a point where it is becoming a global security threat, politicians and academics warn.
‘Deepfakes’, a combination of the terms ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’, is an artificial intelligence-based image synthesis technique that combines source images or videos with other images or videos to create an ultra-realistic end result.
Getting its start in online pornography, the technology has since spread to the political realm, with easy-to-use software making it possible for anyone, anywhere with a computer and an internet connection to create hoaxes and increasingly convincing fake news.
‘Derpfakes’, a comedy YouTube channel featuring videos with fakes of politicians and celebrities demonstrates just how far the technology has come, showing side-by-side comparisons of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Hillary Clinton, before and after they are altered using the imaging synthesis technique.
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Source: Info Wars