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Everyone will be able to clone their voice in the future

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Cloning your voice using artificial intelligence is simultaneously tedious and simple: hallmarks of a technology that's just about mature and ready to go public. All you need to do is talk into a microphone for 30 minutes or so, reading a script as carefully as you can (in my case: the voiceover from a David Attenborough documentary). After starting and stopping dozens of times to re-record your flubs and mumbles, you'll send off the resulting audio files to be processed and, in a few hours' time, be told that a copy of your voice is ready and waiting. Then, you can type anything you want into a chatbox, and your AI clone will say it back to you, with the resulting audio realistic to fool even friends and family -- at least for a few moments. The fact that such a service even exists may be news to many, and I don't believe we've begun to fully consider the impact easy access to this technology will have.


Good vs. Evil with Modern AI: What's the Solution?

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Good vs. evil – a tale as old as time – but there is always a gray area, especially when it comes to modern AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology The recent objections to using A.I.-generated audio to mimic Anthony Bourdain's voice without disclosing it to viewers in a new documentary is one such example of this tale. Most revolutionary technology can be used for good or bad, and the deepfake like the one used for Bourdain is no exception. Yet, we continue to give the malicious actors the spotlight rather than focusing on the benefits of AI. A Deepfake, or synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced by a computer-generated version, is powered by a host of complex and technical emerging technologies including generative networks, neural rendering and cinematic VFX. All of these technologies have the power to transform how AI systems are built. One of the first truly viral deepfake examples was with none other than Tom Cruise, which launched a lot of conversation around ethics of AI technologies, deepfakes, and what the future of facial recognition and computer vision means for society.


Deepfakes in cyberattacks aren't coming. They're already here.

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The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. In March, the FBI released a report declaring that malicious actors almost certainly will leverage "synthetic content" for cyber and foreign influence operations in the next 12-18 months. This synthetic content includes deepfakes, audio or video that is either wholly created or altered by artificial intelligence or machine learning to convincingly misrepresent someone as doing or saying something that was not actually done or said. We've all heard the story about the CEO whose voice was imitated convincingly enough to initiate a wire transfer of $243,000. Now, the constant Zoom meetings of the anywhere workforce era have created a wealth of audio and video data that can be fed into a machine learning system to create a compelling duplicate.


The business value of synthetic media tools

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A new GamesBeat event is around the corner! Learn more about what comes next. Roadrunner, the documentary film about Anthony Bourdain, contains a scene in which the epicure utters words from letters he wrote to the artist David Choe. This wouldn't be unusual in and of itself -- if it weren't for the fact that Bourdain never read the letters. Rather, the clips were generated by a company that director Morgan Neville hired to model Bourdain's voice.


How Soon Can AI Replace Actors In Movies?

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What if technology enabled you to share a screen with Hugh Jackman? And no, we are not talking about a look-alike or virtual replica. Warner Bros.' upcoming movie Reminiscence starring Jackman has incorporated deepfake technology to turn a fan's photograph into a short video sequence with Jackman. Along with digital studio Oblio, the American film production company has partnered with Israeli-based synthetic media startup D-ID to use its'Live Portrait' product and create personalised experiences for movie fans. For the Reminiscence project, Warner Bros. has created an official website where users can enter their first names and upload a picture of themselves -- from the past or current.


Deepfakes for Good

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In this technology-driven era, it is not uncommon to see fake news and propaganda spreading like wildfire. To make matters worse, the advancement in artificial intelligence has created deepfake, a new technology emerging to be one of the most common causes for nefarious activities. Deepfake employs artificial intelligence to create fake audios, videos and pictures that seem pretty authentic. This technology is mainly used for nefarious purposes such as defamation, revenge porn, and election propaganda. In recent years, thousands of deepfake videos targeting actors, actresses and political leaders have created havoc.


Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

WIRED

New workplace technologies often start life as both status symbols and productivity aids. The first car phones and PowerPoint presentations closed deals and also signalled their users' clout. Some partners at EY, the accounting giant formerly known as Ernst & Young, are now testing a new workplace gimmick for the era of artificial intelligence. They spice up client presentations or routine emails with synthetic talking head-style video clips starring virtual body doubles of themselves made with AI software--a corporate spin on a technology commonly known as deepfakes. The firm's exploration of the technology, provided by UK startup Synthesia, comes as the pandemic has quashed more traditional ways to cement business relationships.


Deepfake Representation with Multilinear Regression

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Generative neural network architectures such as GANs, may be used to generate synthetic instances to compensate for the lack of real data. However, they may be employed to create media that may cause social, political or economical upheaval. One emerging media is "Deepfake".Techniques that can discriminate between such media is indispensable. In this paper, we propose a modified multilinear (tensor) method, a combination of linear and multilinear regressions for representing fake and real data. We test our approach by representing Deepfakes with our modified multilinear (tensor) approach and perform SVM classification with encouraging results.


The Big Story

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Hollywood is embracing deepfakes, and we all can be a part of it: Warner Bros. has tapped synthetic media startup D-ID to promote its new movie "Reminiscence." A new website allows anyone to upload a photo, which D-ID's AI then turns into a moving deepfake video sequence in a short video clip promoting the film. I tried it and was impressed by the way D-ID's algorithms estimated facial movements just from a single photo. D-ID actually started out as a privacy-focused startup, aiming to develop technology that protects consumers against facial recognition. Along the way, the startup's founders realized that the same technology could be used to optimize deepfakes. "We built a very strong face engine," D-ID CEO Gil Perry told me.


How a deepfake Tom Cruise on TikTok turned into a very real AI company

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Earlier this year, videos of Tom Cruise started popping up on TikTok of the actor doing some surprisingly un-Tom-Cruise-like stuff: goofing around in an upscale men's clothing store; showing off a coin trick; growling playfully during a short rendition of Dave Matthews Band's "Crash Into Me." In one video, he bites into a lollipop and is amazed to find gum in the center. "Mmmmm," he says to the camera. How come nobody ever told me there's bubblegum? The 10 videos, which were posted between February and June, featured an artificial intelligence-generated doppelganger meant to look and sound like him.