When AI Blurs the Line Between Reality and Fiction

Somewhere in the dark recesses of YouTube is a video that shows an excerpt from the movie The Fellowship of the Ring—but it's not quite the movie you remember, since Nicolas Cage stars as Frodo, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gollum, all at the same time. Other videos show Cage in Terminator 2 as T2000, Star Trek as Captain Picard, and Superman as, well, Lois Lane.

Of course, Nic Cage never appeared in any of those movies. They're "deepfakes" produced with FakeApp, an application that uses artificial intelligence algorithms to swap faces in videos. Some of the deepfakes look quite convincing, while others have artifacts that betray their true nature. But overall, they show how powerful AI algorithms have become in imitating human appearance and behavior.

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Source: PC Mag