Deepfake technology uses artificial intelligence to generate images so lifelike that people cannot tell they’re fake – making fake news easier to spread, as well as manipulating elections more effectively. But this technology poses serious threats.
Up until recently, manipulating photos and videos required advanced software programming skills; now however, anyone with basic tech knowledge can easily create fake media pieces with little difficulty.
Social media user Tom Cruise Impersonator’s videos on TikTok were an instantaneous hit with over 3.4 Million Followers – boasting some of the most realistic deepfakes seen ever on the platform.
Constructing a fake video such as this requires great skill. An actor that can imitate Tom Cruise’s movements is needed, along with visual effects artists and artificial intelligence software that can produce realistic face swapping effects.
Ume is a Belgian visual effects artist known for creating deepfake TikTok videos before the Cruise videos. He’s part of South Park and Peter Serafinowicz team’s Sassy Justice YouTube show that mixes real actors with AI-generated celebrity heads.
Chris Ume, a Belgian visual effects artist responsible for creating the Cruise video series, claims it takes hard work and expertise to craft an accurate deepfake. According to Ume, shooting the base footage required two to three days and 24 additional hours for AI enhancements.
He then needed to combine this image with the voice of a Tom Cruise impersonator whose face had been trained to mimic Cruise’s facial features and body language. Additionally, each frame of video needed to be carefully reviewed to make sure everything was correct.
He never expected his videos to become so widely watched and generate so much discussion online; rather, he simply intended for them to be fun.
He claimed he has been using deepfake technology for years and even collaborated with Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s YouTube series, who commissioned him to produce some of the most convincing TikTok clips ever.
Ume’s goal now is to teach others how to utilize deepfake technology. He co-founded Metaphysic, which utilizes it for ads creation and film restoration.
Due to the success of his Cruise deepfake videos, Ume is using them to promote his company and offer a free course that teaches others how to create similar fakes themselves. But his main aim is raising awareness about this technology as well as raising awareness of just how hard it is to create high-quality videos like these.
Jim Carrey is well known for his incredible celebrity impressions. In films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber, as well as taking on more serious roles such as crime thrillers or horror flicks, Carrey has proven himself time after time.
Jim Carrey is best-known for his Deepfake videos of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” where he replaced Jack Nicholson in a scene where Jack Torrance torments his wife Shelley Duvall on a typewriter. This fan-made video uploaded by Ctrl Shift Face YouTube has since been watched over one million times since it was posted online July 8.
Jim Carrey takes over for Jack Nicholson in this iconic video and gives an unnerving performance as an unhinged Jack Torrance who tortures his wife – certainly an unexpected turn for Carrey and an interesting departure for any actor.
Though traditionally associated with comedy, Jack Black delivered an intense and convincingly terrifying performance as Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.” One of few actors capable of matching Nicholson’s hyper energy and mannerisms perfectly.
Deepfake technology makes this experience possible; using machine learning algorithms, markers are identified on an existing video of one person which allow a machine learning algorithm to find images or video footage of someone else and render their face onto that of the original actor.
Deepfake videos have created quite the stir on social media, quickly becoming more convincing each day. Furthermore, these deepfake videos raise important questions regarding fake pornography and revenge porn as well as pose moral dilemmas that should not be overlooked.
These developments have already stirred discussions regarding the future of Hollywood and whether celebrities can continue acting without Hollywood movies in the future. It is an intriguing topic, which we hope to investigate further soon.
Deepfake technology employed by “Ctrl Shift Face” YouTube account uses a generative adversarial network (Gan), which pits two artificial intelligence algorithms against each other in an adversarial competition. One algorithm feeds random noise into an image while the second processes real images such as celebrities to produce synthetic ones and use feedback loops for production of synthetic images.
Luke Skywalker made one of the most exciting appearances ever seen in Star Wars history when he showed up as one of the guest characters on The Mandalorian season 2 finale, sparking social media excitement among viewers who loved seeing their favorite Jedi Master back again to help Din Djarin and Grogu get off of planet Alderaan. Fans loved seeing how son of Yoda had returned to help Din Djarin and Grogu escape to freedom!
Many fans were disappointed with the CGI used to de-age Mark Hamill; luckily, YouTuber Shamook created his own version which greatly enhanced the quality.
Deepfake artists utilize advanced computer techniques to make digitally generated characters look more lifelike than ever. This new technology empowers amateurs alike to produce stunning photorealistic digital effects without needing the resources and manpower of an expensive studio.
This method involves creating a “generative adversarial network”, or Gan, using artificial intelligence algorithms that simulate human vision to produce synthetic images of people. While this process is intricate and can take numerous cycles and iterations before improving both discriminator and generator functions.
Results are much closer to reality than may appear at first glance, making CGI an excellent solution for film-makers like Lucasfilm and Disney who need an easy and cost-effective way to introduce new characters without the time and expense involved in casting or recreating them from scratch. Furthermore, CGI can also be applied to existing actors for cameo appearances or minor roles if desired.
Star Wars films have seen increased cast diversity through these methods, as this helps avoid what’s known as the “uncanny valley.” This phenomenon occurs when something looks too human-like or too lifelike and has long plagued film-makers; actors in particular often receive criticism for not showing enough emotion when depicting characters.
Star Wars makes the uncanny valley all too real, as it can often be difficult to distinguish a character as real from fiction. For example, its original films featured a CGI stormtrooper who seemed too human-like for comfort.
Prior to his possible arrest on Tuesday on charges related to payments of hush money for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, images depicting former President Donald Trump in handcuffs have flooded social media. These fake photos created using artificial intelligence text-to-image generator Midjourney have been shared more than 4 million times on Twitter alone.
These photos depict Mr Trump resisting arrest by officers similar to those employed by the New York Police Department while others show him fleeing from them as they pursue him, according to an investigation by Reuters.
Deepfake technology has caused widespread concern over its potential to undermine fundamental institutions. Film director Jordan Peele and Buzzfeed released a “deep fake” of President Barack Obama calling Donald Trump an “utter and complete dipshit,” further raising alarm bells about deepfake technology’s dangers.
Deepfakes can create video and audio files that look almost identical to their source material, making them easier for malicious actors to spread them. Deepfakes may also feature more complex audio components – for instance a voice that mimics President Trump’s. According to Buzzfeed in 2017, creating one could take over 56 hours of automated processing – according to reports.
Deepfakes have raised concerns among many that their use could compromise the integrity of elections and legal proceedings, especially as the technology can easily be found by anyone with access. Most importantly, however, this type of technology could create an “weapon of mass confusion” capable of inducing epistemic decay – where trust in knowledge gradually declines over time.
In 2016, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton saw her campaign severely undermined by stolen emails from her campaign manager’s account being released publicly, leading to widespread suspicion against both she and the Democratic Party itself, further undermining its ability to represent American public effectively.
Fake news and false information has become an increasing threat to democratic elections in recent months, particularly through social media platforms that facilitate their spread without much oversight from authorities. And this trend may only grow worse as artificial intelligence-powered tools become more widely accessible by malicious actors.