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Technology Google fights deepfakes by releasing 3,000 deepfakes

16:15  25 september  2019
16:15  25 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

These deepfakes of Bill Hader are absolutely terrifying

These deepfakes of Bill Hader are absolutely terrifying The actor's face subtly morphs into Tom Cruise and Seth Rogen.

Google has released a pretty huge dataset of deepfake videos in an effort to support researchers working on detection tools. The tech giant filmed actors in a variety of scenes and then used publicly available deepfake generation methods to create a database of around 3 , 000 deepfakes .

Google is aiming to curb the rise of Deepfake videos on the web by releasing a series of example videos to help researchers develop more accurate detection techniques. The move was announced in a Google AI blog post

Google has released a pretty huge dataset of deepfake videos in an effort to support researchers working on detection tools. Deepfake videos look and sound so authentic, they could be used for highly convincing disinformation campaigns in the upcoming elections. They could also cause countless issues for individuals like celebrities whose faces can be used to create fake pornographic videos that look authentic.

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The tech giant filmed actors in a variety of scenes and then used publicly available deepfake generation methods to create a database of around 3,000 deepfakes. Researchers can now use that dataset to train automated detection tools and make them as effective and accurate as possible when its comes to spotting AI-synthesized images. Google promises to add more videos to the database in hopes that it can keep up with rapidly evolving deepfake generation techniques. The company said in its announcement:

Chinese deepfake app surges in popularity, raises privacy concerns

Chinese deepfake app surges in popularity, raises privacy concerns It's almost too easy.

You can easily create Deepfakes videos online. Deepfakes are videos in which the subject of the video is face-swapped using machine-learning algorithms. You can easily create Deepfakes video on Deepfakes web β. No setup required.

Google today announced the release of a large corpus of visual deepfakes produced in collaboration with Jigsaw, the There are plenty of reasons to be concerned. Chinese deepfakes -generating app ZAO went viral earlier this year Fortunately, the fight against deepfakes appears to be ramping up.

"Since the field is moving quickly, we'll add to this dataset as deepfake technology evolves over time, and we'll continue to work with partners in this space. We firmly believe in supporting a thriving research community around mitigating potential harms from misuses of synthetic media, and today's release of our deepfake dataset in the FaceForensics benchmark is an important step in that direction."

Google isn't the only tech company that's contributing to the fight against deepfakes. Facebook and Microsoft are also involved in an industry-wide initiative to create a set of open source tools that companies, governments and media organizations can use to detect doctored videos. The social network plans to release a similar database by the end of the year, and we doubt Google would mind -- the more samples there are, after all, the better detection tools can become.

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Twitter drafted a deepfake policy and wants you to weigh in .
The social media site is working on new rules to protect users from manipulated, misleading videos.In the post, Harvey included a draft of what actions Twitter plans to take when "synthetic and manipulated media" are used to mislead or confuse people. Deepfakes are video forgeries that make people appear to do or say things they didn't do or say in reality. They use a type of facial recognition technology to layer identities so intricately that you don't suspect falsehood. And while some deepfakes are silly and fun, others can be misleading and even abusive.

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