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When will deepfakes be perfected?

  1. 2020 to 2022 (2 votes [12.50%])

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  2. 2022 to 2024 (5 votes [31.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.25%

  3. 2024 to 2026 (4 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

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Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared.

May 25, 2020,11:54pm EDT

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The amount of deepfake content online is growing at a rapid rate. At the beginning of 2019 there were 7,964 deepfake videos online, according to a report from startup Deeptrace; just nine months later, that figure had jumped to 14,678. It has no doubt continued to balloon since then.

While impressive, today's deepfake technology is still not quite to parity with authentic video footage—by looking closely, it is typically possible to tell that a video is a deepfake. But the technology is improving at a breathtaking pace. Experts predict that deepfakes will be indistinguishable from real images before long.

“In January 2019, deep fakes were buggy and flickery,” said Hany Farid, a UC Berkeley professor and deepfake expert. “Nine months later, I’ve never seen anything like how fast they’re going. This is the tip of the iceberg.”

Today we stand at an inflection point. In the months and years ahead, deepfakes threaten to grow from an Internet oddity to a widely destructive political and social force. Society needs to act now to prepare itself.

https://www.forbes.c...e-not-prepared/

 

 

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"GPT-3: Language Models are Few-Shot Learners", Brown et al 2020 {OA}
 
 
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The Ultimate One Night Stand in the Square
Chapter 1: Proposal
As a bridesmaid, you're required to do a number of things that I'd never consider doing voluntarily. First of all, you're expected to wear a hideous dress that you've never worn before. Second, you're required to spend your evening catering to everyone else, acting as the host of the event. Most importantly, however, you're required to smile a lot and appear happy.
At the wedding I attended, everyone was happy, especially the bride and groom. I was happy for them, but I wasn't the happiest bridesmaid in the crowd. In fact, I was the exact opposite.
Why was I so unhappy? I wasn't the one getting married; I was the maid of honor. I was so annoyed that I was even standing up for my ex. We'd broken up last month because I thought he was cheating on me with a blonde bimbo named Summer. I was at the wedding because my best friend Alicia insisted that I go, but if she knew how much I hated the groom, she would have probably asked me not to go at all.
Anyway, this was the part of the wedding that was pissing me off: the proposal. I was trying my hardest to hold back my tears, but I was failing. I didn't love him anymore, and I never would again.
I glanced over at my ex-boyfriend, Blake. He was really handsome, but that's not what was important right now. He was going down on one knee and was about to propose to the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen.
"Andi, will you marry me?"
I cringed. He'd asked me the same question about ten times, but I was too busy being angry at him to remember. This time was different, however, because he was now asking the blonde bimbo he was sleeping with.
"Yes," she said, finally accepting the proposal.
As soon as he slid the ring on her finger, everyone in the room erupted into cheers. I just stood there, my mouth wide open, in complete shock.
"Yes, that's my girl," said Blake, "And now she's my fiancée!"
As they walked out of the church and into the limo, Blake leaned over and kissed her cheek. A couple seconds later, I lost it.
"Bastard," I muttered. "Bastard."
"Andrea?" said Alicia.
"He just asked that whore to marry him," I said. "It was my turn. I was the one who should have been there. I'm the one who was supposed to marry him!"
"Yeah, well I know that," she said, rolling her eyes. "But it's over now. You just have to be a big girl and accept it."
"He doesn't love her," I said, "I know it. He was with her while he was with me, remember?"
"Andi, I hate to say this, but it's too late now," she said. "He's getting married. You can't do anything about it."
"I could show up at the wedding," I said, "and say that I'm his girlfriend and I'm pregnant."
"Andi, that's insane," she said. "You know it's not your baby. You're going to destroy his wedding day if you pull something like that."
"That's the point," I said. "I want him to feel the way I feel. I want him to feel miserable for a change."
"Look," she said, "I'll go with you, but you can't tell Blake anything. If you do, you're going to be the biggest loser in the room, and you're going to lose your best friend."
I hesitated. I knew she was right. If I ruined the wedding, I'd be in a lot of trouble.
"Fine," I said. "I won't tell him anything."
A few days later, I arrived at the church. The doors were open, so I wandered in. The church was completely empty, which made it look a lot bigger. I could hear some talking coming from the altar, so I walked in that direction. The first person I saw was Blake, wearing a brand new suit and looking like the happiest man on the planet.
"You look so beautiful," he said to the blonde bimbo who stood next to him.
I thought I would be furious when I saw her, but I wasn't. I was heartbroken and sad, but I didn't hate her. In fact, I didn't feel anything towards her. I was just jealous, and the sight of her made me remember how much I'd wanted to marry Blake myself.
I walked up the aisle, ignoring the fact that I was completely alone. I sat down in the front row, and began to think about what had happened.
"How did it happen?" I said to myself. "Why did we break up?"
I knew that I loved him, but I was certain he didn't love me. My best friend Alicia and I had discussed it, and she agreed with me. She was convinced that Blake was cheating on me with a blonde bimbo named Summer, but I wasn't convinced.
"It can't be her," I said. "How did he meet her? Where did they meet?"
Just then, a woman walked up to the front of the church. She was dressed in a black robe, and she had short, black hair.
"Are you Andrea?" she asked.
"Yes," I said.
"I'm sorry," she said, "but the wedding has been cancelled."
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Blake is getting married in Las Vegas," she said.
"But I'm his fiancée," I said, "And I'm supposed to be here."
"You were never his fiancée," she said. "The bimbo, Summer, is the one he's getting married to."
"I'm sorry," I said. "I don't understand."
"Neither do I," she said, "but I was supposed to tell you the wedding was cancelled. So, that's what I'm doing. Sorry for ruining your night."
"It's okay," I said. "It's not your fault."
I knew I had to get out of there. I could barely stand being there as it was, so I hurried out the door. I walked down the sidewalk, not knowing where I was going. I had no idea what to do next.
"Hey," said a voice behind me.
I turned around and saw Blake running towards me.
"You were supposed to be at the wedding," he said. "Where have you been?"
"I'm not going to lie to you," I said. "I'm really hurt, and I don't want to be in your wedding. I'm just here because your father paid for the wedding."
"You don't understand," he said. "We're getting married in Las Vegas tonight."
"Really?" I said.
"Andi, we've got to go," he said, "it's going to start any second."
I took one look at his face, and I knew that he was telling the truth. I felt the tears well up in my eyes.
"So, this is it?" I said. "You're really getting married?"
"Andi, I'm sorry," he said. "I didn't know how to tell you. My father forced me into this, and I couldn't say no. If I had it my way, you'd be my wife right now. But this is the way it has to be."
I felt a tear escape my eye, and I quickly wiped it away.
"You look beautiful," he said.
"I'm not going," I


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https://youtu.be/G0z50Am4Uw4

 

Quite an impressive DeepFake and good explanation of how they did it.



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Retreat on the hilltop | StyleGAN2 generated image trained on temple and monastery images taken in Nepal

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Deepfake used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier

Oliver Taylor, a student at England’s University of Birmingham, is a twenty-something with brown eyes, light stubble, and a slightly stiff smile.
Online profiles describe him as a coffee lover and politics junkie who was raised in a traditional Jewish home. His half dozen freelance editorials and blog posts reveal an active interest in anti-Semitism and Jewish affairs, with bylines in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel.

The catch? Oliver Taylor seems to be an elaborate fiction.

His university says it has no record of him. He has no obvious online footprint beyond an account on the question-and-answer site Quora, where he was active for two days in March. Two newspapers that published his work say they have tried and failed to confirm his identity. And experts in deceptive imagery used state-of-the-art forensic analysis programs to determine that Taylor’s profile photo is a hyper-realistic forgery - a “deepfake.”
Who is behind Taylor isn’t known to Reuters. Calls to the U.K. phone number he supplied to editors drew an automated error message and he didn’t respond to messages left at the Gmail address he used for correspondence.


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While the technology involved in the announcement below is also referred to in the very first page of this thread, the application to bicycling is a new concept (unless I missed something).

 

Virtual Tour de France on Zwift

 

https://www.letour.f...-tour-de-france

 

In the context of a completely unprecedented health crisis in which most cycling events have been cancelled or postponed, Zwift and Amaury Sport Organisation have decided to do something useful together and create the very first virtual Tour de France. It will be the starting point for a strong solidarity campaign around cycling.

 

During the first three weekends of July 2020, men’s and women’s professional races will be organised as part of virtual stages of the Tour de France. Continuing on from the major increase in cycling at home in recent months, cycling lovers from all over the world will also have a chance to ride the Virtual l’Étape du Tour de France on the same weekends.


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TikTok is banning deepfakes to better protect against misinformation

 

https://www.theverge...on-interference

 

Introduction:

(The Verge) TikTok is establishing new moderation policies today to better protect its platform against misinformation, election interference, and other forms of manipulative content ahead of the 2020 election. The company, which is currently embroiled in an unprecedented acquisition negotiation with Microsoft following threats of a US ban, says it now explicitly bans deepfakes. Deepfakes are artificial intelligence-powered manipulations of audio and video designed to mislead people about something someone may have done or said.

 

“We’re adding a policy which prohibits synthetic or manipulated content that misleads users by distorting the truth of events in a way that could cause harm,” Vanessa Pappas, the general manager of TikTok’s US operation, writes in a blog post published Wednesday. “Our intent is to protect users from things like shallow or deep fakes, so while this kind of content was broadly covered by our guidelines already, this update makes the policy clearer for our users.”

 

Deepfakes are most commonly associated with face-swapping videos used to create pornographic content. They do not presently appear to be in use by any major political campaign, although the White House and President Trump’s reelection campaign have created or shared less sophisticated edits and other deceptive content, often taken from right-wing meme makers, that has been labeled similarly misleading.

 

Still, the techniques to create deepfakes have only grown in sophistication and ease of use in recent years, and the technology has raised concerns deepfakes may be at some point be used to to make deceptive edits of politicians saying or expressing support for things that may discredit them or harm their reputations. Many major social media platforms and even some states have banned deepfakes for use in political advertising as a result.


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A college kid’s fake, AI-generated (GPT-3) blog fooled tens of thousands. This is how he made it

“It was super easy actually,” he says, “which was the scary part.”

At the start of the week, Liam Porr had only heard of GPT-3. By the end, the college student had used the AI model to produce an entirely fake blog under a fake name.
It was meant as a fun experiment. But then one of his posts reached the number-one spot on Hacker News. Few people noticed that his blog was completely AI-generated. Some even hit “Subscribe.”
While many have speculated about how GPT-3, the most powerful language-generating AI tool to date, could affect content production, this is one of the only known cases to illustrate the potential. What stood out most about the experience, says Porr, who studies computer science at the University of California, Berkeley: “It was super easy, actually, which was the scary part.”

“From the time that I thought of the idea and got in contact with the PhD student to me actually creating the blog and the first blog going viral—it took maybe a couple of hours,” he says.

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The few people who grew suspicious of Porr's fake blog were downvoted by other members in the community.
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New AI Dupes Humans into Believing Synthesized Sound Effects Are Real

Imagine you are watching a scary movie: the heroine creeps through a dark basement, on high alert. Suspenseful music plays in the background, while some unseen, sinister creature creeps in the shadows… and then–BANG! It knocks over an object.
Such scenes would hardly be as captivating and scary without the intense, but perfectly timed sound effects, like the loud bang that sent our main character wheeling around in fear. Usually these sound effects are recorded by Foley artists in the studio, who produce the sounds using oodles of objects at their disposal. Recording the sound of glass breaking may involve actually breaking glass repeatedly, for example, until the sound closely matches the video clip.
In a more recent plot twist, researchers have created an automated program that analyzes the movement in video frames and creates its own artificial sound effects to match the scene. In a survey, the majority of people polled indicated that they believed the fake sound effects were real. The model, AutoFoley, is described in a study published June 25 in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.
“Adding sound effects in post-production using the art of Foley has been an intricate part of movie and television soundtracks since the 1930s,” explains Jeff Prevost, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio who co-created AutoFoley. “Movies would seem hollow and distant without the controlled layer of a realistic Foley soundtrack. However, the process of Foley sound synthesis therefore adds significant time and cost to the creation of a motion picture.”


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"The Universe is a Glitch", a music video powered entirely by AI-generated media (lyrics generated by @gwern with GPT-3, audio generated by @nshepperd1 with Jukebox, visuals generated by me with Artbreeder and First Order Motion Model)
 

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 Designer Creates Photorealistic Portraits of Roman Emperors With the Help of AI Tool

 

https://www.thenatio...-tool-1.1067912

 

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(The National) We have a vague idea of what Roman emperors may have looked like with the help of ancient stone busts made centuries ago. Now, Canadian designer Daniel Voshart has taken it one step further by creating colourised, photorealistic portraits of 54 rulers from The Principate.

 

It began as a quarantine project for Voshart, who primarily works with Virtual Reality (VR) for the film industry. He was able to make the portraits with the help of historical references, Photoshop and a tool called Artbreeder, which uses machine learning to create composite images. This means that the tool can combine two images or more seamlessly, borrowing elements from each to put the final version together.

 

Voshart’s process made use of 800 images of busts, which he transformed or restored to make them as accurate as possible, in order to create the 54 portraits of the emperors.

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Canadian designer Daniel Voshart has created colourised, photorealistic portraits of Roman Emperors based on historical research.

Via @dvoshart / Twitter 

 

Here is a website where the artist has posted these portaits:

 

https://www.voshart....EMPEROR-PROJECT

 

From Voshart's website:

 

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Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy Talk Shit About San Francisco – By GPT-3

This is a follow up to my post GPT-3: An AI that’s eerily good at writing almost anything.
 
This is my first attempt at using GPT-3 to write standup comedy. I only wrote the bolded prompt, and the AI generated the rest a sentence or two at a time without my adding a single word. I did curate what I thought were the funniest answers, but unlike getting it to write Dr. Seuss poems about Elon Musk, almost all the answers were funny and coherent – it had me laughing out loud for hours.
 
Notice I didn’t even mention San Francisco’s poop problem in the very short prompt I gave it, but once Jerry got going it became a self reinforcing cycle. Plus, I expect there’s a lot of articles on the internet about San Francisco and poop.
 
Here’s the transcript of a stand up comedy routine by Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy about the problems San Francisco faces with soaring rents, crime, and homelessness.


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