Fake news: A world of pixel-perfect forgeries is coming

The images are jerky, as dashcam footage often is: A car travels down an American highway, with green grass at the side of the road and leaves on the branches of passing trees. At first glance, the video seems utterly mundane - but its very ordinariness is extraordinary, because this landscape never existed.

Over the past 18 months, researchers from around the world have made huge advances in manipulating pictures, images and sound using "machine learning" - artificial intelligence (AI) programs that continually refine their output. The success suggests that within the next decade we might live in a world full of pixel-perfect fake news. How will we ever trust our eyes again?

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Source: Straits Times

Source: Straits Times

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

Earlier this week, the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of the Russian Ministry of Defense said it had "irrefutable evidence" the US was aiding ISIS in Syria – and revealed four grainy photos apparently backing up its claims.

The images, apparently taken last week, were captioned as showing the American forces letting defeated foot soldiers of medieval terror-bastards Daesh freely leave a battlefield. The US is simply using ISIS to further its own ends in the Middle East, and that The War Against Terror (TWAT) was clearly an attempt to justify Uncle Sam's actions around the world, the Kremlin roared.

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Source: The Register