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Samsung’s research shows realistic fake videos are not too far

In a paper titled Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models, researchers at the Samsung AI Center in Moscow and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have revealed how realistic fake videos can be created with just a few source images. While the capability to create convincing deepfakes is not entirely new, the paper demonstrates it’s easier and quicker than previously imagined.

Currently, to generate a realistic deepfake, you need a large dataset of pictures to train the model. However, the algorithm developed by Samsung researchers can create convincing animated portraits from a small dataset, ranging from just 1 to 32 images. They are able to do this by training their model on “landmark” facial features which include eyes, mouth shapes, the length and shape of a nose bridge.

To demonstrate their work, the researchers created living portraits of Mona Lisa, Albert Einstein, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marilyn Monroe, and others by using only source image for each. The 1-shot results already look impressive, but the realism can be further improved by using multiple training shots as shown in the video below.

The paper says the technology has “practical applications for telepresence, including (video conferencing) and multi-player games, as well as special effects industry.” While that sounds true and exciting, realistic fake videos also have the potential to destroy individuals and communities. Even if the companies investing in this space may not have any nefarious goals, there is no guarantee their technology will be used only for the intended purposes.

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locarno
locarno

Maybe Samsung offer this as a app with Galaxy Note 10 ?

Gunter2
Gunter2

Wow, soon we might see movies starring dead historical figures. Very interesting. And possibly we will see more faked videos of celebrities and others as this technology advances. We won’t know what’s real and what isn’t!!

Biransahin
Biransahin

Very true, my point too, but we cannot stop technology I suppose. I wonder why some idiot is down voting our comments. Lol. It’s just a fact what is possible with this technology.

Gunter2
Gunter2

I know, I can’t understand it. It’s potential is very obvious. What reason is there other than stupidity to deny the possibility?

Biransahin
Biransahin

That is amazing what can be done with some photos. Politicians could have a very bad time if people start using this technology. Lol!!

Gunter2
Gunter2

I was thinking the same thing. Political enemies may well be able to use this technology, particularly after it improves, (and even now it’s impressive) in the future to spread fake video of opponents. We are living in a new world. Already there is software to copy a persons voice exactly just using a few words and phrases.

Andraste23
Andraste23

I love the title ‘realistic fake’ lol But hey I’m game.

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

Guess I’ll just have to turn off all internet access and kick it old school and tend to matters in person. Only way to confirm real or not. Until the robots I guess.

A pitty most company’s and gov have made it super hard to get in touch with out internet these days however.