BEYOND DEEP FAKES
Researchers have devised a way to automatically transform the content of one video into the style of another, making it possible to transfer the facial expressions of comedian John Oliver to those of a cartoon character, or to make a daffodil bloom in much the same way a hibiscus would.
Because the data-driven method does not require human intervention, it can rapidly transform large amounts of video, making it a boon to movie production. It can also be used to convert black & white films to colour and to create content for virtual reality experiences.
The technology also has the potential to be used for so-called “deep fakes,” videos in which a person’s image is inserted without permission, making it appear that the person has done or said things that are out of character.