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New App Brings Photos And The Dead Back To Life.

Original story here: PetaPixel

My Heritage, a DNA testing company, has developed a new app called "Speaking Portrait," it allows any photo to be animated with uncanny realism and can say whatever the user wants. No formal training or experience is required to use this application.

Although seeming harmless at first glance, applications like this and others can be used to create what is called a "Deep Fake." A deep fake, according to Wikipedia, is a person in an existing image or video who is replaced with someone else's likeness. While the act of faking content is not new, deepfakes leverage powerful techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence to manipulate or generate visual and audio content with a high potential to deceive.

Not just images and video is being faked, but audio as well. A company named RESPEECHER can "Create speech that's indistinguishable from the original speaker." From politicians to world leaders to neighbors down the street, we have been separated for the last two years, quarantined and forced to communicate via video chat and conferencing. Can we believe our own eyes anymore? How do we know the talking head on the nightly news is who they say they are? Is that the president addressing the union or someone else behind the scenes pulling the strings.

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