Actor Jim Meskimen partnered with deepfake artist Sham00k to make his celebrity impressions a little more realistic. Meskimen and Sham00k shared the results in a YouTube video , and honestly, they're pretty remarkable. The video speaks to Meskimen's talent as an impressionist but also to the capability of deepfake software. It proves how well the tech is able to blur the line between what's real and what isn't. Though, it still takes a ton of work. According to Sham00k, the full video took just over hours of work, 1, hours of footage, , images and close to one terabyte of data to create. Sham00k released a video on his own channel showing the datasets and techniques he used to achieve the effect:. Tech companies and lawmakers have taken note. Researchers are developing tools to spot deepfakes, and Google released 3, deepfakes in an attempt to further those efforts.
Instantly, my pulse quickened. Who was this? How did they get my email address? What was a deepfake? As panic began to set in, I Googled the term and watched, horrified, as clips of celebrities in pornographic videos flooded the screen. The videos were phoney, but hugely convincing. And then, the implications of the email began to penetrate. I took a deep breath. For the next few minutes, I was conscious of nothing except the dryness of my mouth and heavy thud, thud, thud of my heart.
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The most convincing deepfake examples show us how deep learning technology could transform pipelines for filmmakers and 3D artists and greatly reduce manual editing time. Here, we look at nine landmarks in the rise of deepfakes. But first, a bit more info on what deepfakes actually are.
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