BE­YOND DEEP FAKES

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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.

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