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Deepfake technology may be reaching a point where a single Facebook profile picture is enough material for someone to literally put words in your mouth.
Researchers at Samsung’s artificial intelligence lab in Russia published a paper this week outlining a technique by which a portrait image can be made to appear as if its subject is speaking in (semi-)realistic video footage. The ability to fabricate such clips from photographs is not new, but methods to do so have previously relied on training machines with large data sets of images of the subject in question.
While this tech has plenty of innocuous uses in fields like design and content creation, experts also worry that its potential to spread misinformation could herald a future in which separating truth from fiction online becomes impossible. Until now, however, the need for many images of the subject in question has limited targets to celebrities, politicians and other figures photographed extensively in the media.
Deepfake creators typically employ what’s called a Generative Adversarial Network, a set-up in which two neural networks are trained on the same data set of images. One then tries to create its own image resembling what it’s seen, until the other can no longer tell the difference between that creation and the actual images.
Instead of training this system on multiple images of a single person, Samsung’s researchers fed it a trove of diverse headshots from which
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