Hello Yuri, its all about technology and do not see it having any impact. Here is a real life image of Mardi Gras costume the artist painted a life size painting of The Mona Lisa cut a hole out, and walked around all day Mardi Gras Day so anyone could stand behind the painting, get your portrait photo taken and become a real life Mona Lisa no technology needed. Such a clever costume......
I am not certain if it was Facebook or Google, I would find some of my still images turned animated which I do not care for. If I wanted an animated image I would have created it myself.....they are short clips of a still image, technology advances every day......
At the rate in which technology is improving, I'm not sure we'll recognize this world in 20 years. What I find concerning is that over the same period of time, mankind has not kept up with the technology. In many ways, I think the very technology that was supposed to help us has actually harmed us.
people pay to have their DNA analyzed and stored in databases. they volunteer extreme amounts of personal information on social media. they subject themselves to countless advertisements, and other forms of propaganda. And now, the likeness of any individual can appear to say anything by the command of a puppet master. Brave New World for sure!
Tame say hello Yuri. [smile]
Tame know AI and Deepfake. Tame use in making anime. Program face to move the same and talk the same as person. some make funny videos of leaders saying funny things they not say. Some make leaders say bad things too.
Very few private citizens (like Tame) could use AI+Deepfake today to make an animated portrait. And technology is not mature yet and we could see that is not a real person talking but it is a man-made animation.
Here is how this technology will evolve.
- We don't know when but this technology will mature to a point when we could not distinguish between video with real person talking and AI+Deepfake animation of this person talking.
- Next - AI+Deepfake technology will become a cheap and easy to use package, which everybody could use. At that point more people (including children) will start to use it for fun.
- Everybody, who use AI+Deepfake technology, will understand that with that fake reality they could make other people to believe a visual information, presented by AI+Deepfake. But that understanding would still be limited. In their consciousness people would limit this phenomena to a fun stuff.
- Next will come a point of no return. Most people will have a hands-on experience of creating a fake (and looking like real) video of people and events. And that would a start of a fundamental shift in a human psychology - that we could not trust any video information from anyone anymore. Our perception of not local world will become fuzzy as we all will know that we could not trust any source of information anymore. Consequences for communities, countries, world politics and human society as a whole could be shattering.
The only hope is that an anti-fake technology will also evolve. Such technology packages could be used as an installed filters in our computers and TV. However, probably, it will not be available for everybody initially. And then there would be a never ending war between AI+Deepfake fake producers and anti-fake filter producers. That war would be much like current war between computer hackers and anti-virus and anti-malware programs. Unfortunately you could never be sure that your information is fake-free (like you could never be sure that your computer is virus-free now).
"Very few private citizens (like Tame) could use AI+Deepfake today to make an animated portrait. And technology is not mature yet and we could see that is not a real person talking but it is a man-made animation."
you may be right and I am not familiar with the deepfake software but what I have seen coming out of Hollywood is almost indistinguishable from actual dead actors like Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. We all can imagine a hostile entity like the bad guy out of a James Bond movie deceiving the public on a massive scale.
Let us hope not Yuri!
The rate of digital advancement and the ability to regulate said advancement are on two different scales.
The deepfake application as it relates to art is very fascinating and exciting. I saw the Mona Lisa video a few months back and I had an idea how this technology could be used as a great educational tool. My hope is that it will be utilized to bring a new generation into the reunification of art and science.
I predict that the technology will continue to advance to a point where different active faces can be placed on different bodies not of the person with that face, and then the resulting fake full-body figures can be depicted as participating in pornographic situations, and this will be the primary use of it -- to advance the porno industry, to make otherwise conservative people appear depraved, and then use this to destroy reputations or blackmail people for large sums, where available.
Many years ago, before 911, I once commented in a futuristic-oriented magazine about how terrorists could take advantage of mega-buildings.
It's not that tough to make deepfakes these days --> all you need is the software.
The U.S. Gov including the Pentagon are racing to combat deepfakes as mentioned on one of the earlier AI threads. (See the thread Carmen linked above for more info and amazing examples.)
In experiments the technique was at least 92% accurate in spotting several variations of deepfakes, including face swaps and ones in which an impersonator is using a digital puppet. It was also able to deal with artifacts in the files that come from recompressing a video, which can confuse other detection techniques. The researchers plan to improve the technique by accounting for characteristics of a person’s speech as well. The research, which was presented at a computer vision conference in California this week, was funded by Google and DARPA, a research wing of the Pentagon. DARPA is funding a program to devise better detection techniques.
"I don't see the big deal here."
Floyd, maybe you dismissed everyone's concerns a little too soon! Don has pointed out quit a few excellent reasons for concern. It even concerns the Pentagon.
Thanks Don for the info!
Deepfake is a descriptive term and not in itself a software. The name comes from a former Reddit user called deepfakes who was behind a lot of the early deepfake porn. The actual technology has it's roots in the '90s.
And yes, we are at the point of no return. This stuff is very mature and as Don pointed out not all that hard to do.