Back from the Dead

In a culture-jacking stunt worthy of the "Year of AI," a company called play.ht has produced a fictional podcast starring AI-generated versions of Joe Rogan and the late Steve Jobs. You may not enjoy the content, but you will enjoy this tour de force in technique. Continue Reading →

Deepfakeout

Bruce Willis sold the rights to his deepfake self to a firm called Deepcake. From now on, when you want a de-aged version of Bruce to appear in your project, they are the people to see. Continue Reading →
Cosmo AI Cover
Want to know how fast virtual worlds are going to appear? TikTok recently added a new effect called "AI greenscreen." Users type a description, then the AI does its best to interpret the prose and output an image that can be used as a background for a TikTok video. Continue Reading →
Mark Richards, one of Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers, argued that using an iPad to zoom in on a video should not be allowed because Apple’s AI creates “what it thinks is there, not what necessarily is there.” Judge Bruce Schroeder totally bought into that possibility and ruled that the jurors were only allowed to view the video in its original size. Continue Reading →

Weaponizing Deepfakes

As part of a smear campaign designed to eliminate her daughter's cheerleading rivals, a woman in Bucks County, Penn., created deepfakes depicting her daughter's rivals naked, drinking, or smoking. Then, according to the Bucks County DA, she sent them to her daughter's coaches and to the victims of her attack with text messages urging the teenaged girls to kill themselves. Continue Reading →
Dinner
This past week, I sat with my friends to count our blessings and rejoice in the season of winter festivals. It will not surprise you to learn that we had some unexpected guests including the President of the United States. Not in person, of course, but he was “in the house.” I won’t bore you with the general split. You already know everything you need to know about the topic and what each side believes. But here’s what I didn’t know. The people who are most influenced by sockpuppeted, bot-influenced, social media-infused, AI-generated, deepfaked content are the ones who are the most certain that they are not influenced at all. Continue Reading →
Deepfakes
For about 200,000 years, we have relied on our eyes and ears to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction. Even if we ignore the rise of fake news (and how difficult it is to do anything about it), technology (like deep learning) is on the verge of making it impossible to know if what you are seeing and hearing is real or fake. This white paper contains an overview of deep learning technology and how it is being applied to create audio and video content that is indistinguishable from audio and video created with state of the art recording technologies. Continue Reading →