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The Rise Of Voice Cloning And DeepFakes In The Disinformation Wars


In 2020, it was estimated that disinformation in the form of fake news costs around $78 billion annually. But deepfakes, mainly in social media, have matured and are fueled by the sophistication of artificial intelligence are moving into the business sector. In 2019, Deeptrace, a cybersecurity company reported that the number of online deepfake videos doubled, reaching close to 15,000 in under a year. Several startups like Truepic, that's raised $26 million from M12, Microsoft's venture arm, has taken a different approach to deepfakes. They focus on identifying not what is fake, tracking the authenticity of the content at the point it is captured.

Synced Baidu AI Can Clone Your Voice in Seconds


Baidu's research arm announced yesterday that its 2017 text-to-speech (TTS) system Deep Voice has learned how to imitate a person's voice using a mere three seconds of voice sample data.

Is AI-Enabled Voice Cloning the Next Big Security Scam?


A company that specializes in detecting voice fraud is sounding the alarm over an emerging threat. With the help of AI-powered software, cybercriminals are starting to clone people's voices to commit scams, according to Vijay Balasubramaniyan, CEO of Pindrop. "We've seen only a handful of cases, but the amount of money stolen can reach as high as $17 million," he told PCMag. During a presentation at RSA, Balasubramaniyan said Pindrop has over the past year also investigated about a dozen similar cases involving fraudsters using AI-powered software to "deepfake" someone's voice to perpetrate their scams. "We're starting to see deepfake audios emerge as a way to target particular speakers, especially if you're the CEO of a company, and you have a lot of YouTube content out there," he said.

Nixon's grim moon-disaster speech is a now a warning about the deepfake future


The entertainment industry has yet to regulate the use of deepfakes and voice cloning. On September 29, the Emmy for interactive documentary went to'In Event of Moon Disaster', a film that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create a fake video featuring former US President Richard Nixon. The film shows him delivering a speech that was prepared in case the Apollo 11 mission failed, leaving astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to die on the moon. The multimedia project was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Advanced Virtuality, with a bit of help from a Ukrainian voice-cloning startup, Respeecher, which worked on Nixon's voice. The increasing scale of AI is raising the stakes for major ethical questions.

AI could soon clone your voice


Last month, Ashlee Vance of Bloomberg interviewed the founders of Lyrebird, a Montreal-based AI company. Lyrebird aims to "create the most realistic artificial voices in the world," according to its website. The company's software recorded Vance's voice and cloned it within minutes. The AI version was so realistic that Vance's mother didn't realize she was talking to a computer rather than her son when Vance phoned her. Lyrebird's technology has already been used to help people, including Pat Quinn, the founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge.