The fearsome dream of the Internet: Deepfake videos thought to be real

Although technology is evolving day by day, it can sometimes reach frightening proportions. You may recall that an app called DeepNude was recently launched, which made normal photos of people —especially women— naked. This app, which I would call horrific, became popular in the evening and was cancelled the next morning. For my part, I think it makes sense to remove the app from the air. Because the photos created by the application would have unintended consequences and perhaps disturb even the people closest to us.

In fact, we’ve been through the same thing in the recent weeks in the faceapp app, which is suddenly popular. Various fraud news has emerged with the application that ages people’s photos with the help of artificial intelligence. After the arrest of a man who posted fake advertisements for sale with his age-old photo revealed with FaceApp, defrauding a large number of people with this method, he said, “Ifthey didn’t believe it.” While this kind of news is funny when it doesn’t happen to us, it’s just as inappropriate to blame those who believe in that person. Because evolving technology methods, the emergence of all kinds of counterfeiting more easily and the increase in the use of social media in an environment that spreads fake news in an instant.

Fake videos that are too much on the Internet create serious confusion in people. Even reporters can’t tell if these fake videos are real and carry fake videos to news bulletins. And when that’s the way it is, viewers really wonder what to believe. Let’s talk about how these videos came into being. These videos, created with Deepfake, are entirely used in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The lip movements and gestures of the people in the videos are detected by machine learning. Artificial intelligence processes this data and creates a personalized algorithm in the video. This algorithm updates the images given to it with the same gestures and expressions. The image is processed as if it were the real person in the video, which we can call perfect, and then the face in the video is altered.

Let’s take a look at the videos that illustrate how scary deepfake videos can be.

The sound and gestures of the source are imitated, as seen in this video, produced by BuzzFeed and comedian Jordan Peele using After Effects CC and FakeApp. They glue Peele’s mouth over Obama’s mouth and change the former president’s jaw with Peele’s mouth movements. They then use FakeApp to automatically process the scene for more than 50 hours. The result is a fake speech by Obama, made of words he didn’t actually say. We wouldn’t be wrong to say that politicians and artists in particular are getting their share of deepfake videos.

Artist Bill Posters posted this post on Facebook’s Instagram in June. The video shows Mark Zuckerberg boasting that users of the platform are “owning” the platform. Especially recently faced with the problems of protecting personal data and many users lost to Facebook for this reason, the irony video, remained on the agenda for a long time. Instagram didn’t remove the video because it had deepfake hashtags and it was mentioned that it was for entertainment.

The video of actress Alec Baldwin as US President Trump on Saturday Night Live was integrated into the real Trump by a YouTube user named derpfakes, and a video appeared as follows. Since the original version of the video was previously published on The SNL, we don’t think anyone believes it, but it’s a very realistic video.

Deepfake, when used correctly, can also produce some very enjoyable videos. Bill Hader, who participated in Conan O’Brien’s program, successfully impersonates Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger, while YouTube user Ctrl Shift Face turns Bill Hader’s face to Pacino and Schwarzenegger, respectively, and understand spies on the truth. it’s becoming almost impossible. Ctrl Shift Face has some very successful videos. You can check them all out here.

As a result, technology is becoming more and more developed, and from there the Internet is becoming more frightening. Maybe it’s a very simple piece of advice, but I’d say don’t believe everything you see on social media.

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