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Deepfake Left On One!

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If you’re concerned about deepfakes, fear not: Facebook, Microsoft, the Partnership on AI coalition, and academics from seven universities have launched a contest to find better ways of identifying deepfakes.

Participants in the Deepface Detection Challenge will be given access to a collection of deepfake videos that Facebook plans to release in December, and will feature professional actors who consented to having their faces used in deepfakes (in other words, out of work actors).

From Facebook’s AI Blog: “‘Deepfake’ techniques, which present realistic AI-generated videos of real people doing and saying fictional things, have significant implications for determining the legitimacy of information presented online. Yet the industry doesn’t have a great data set or benchmark for detecting them.”

“…The goal of the challenge is to produce technology that everyone can use to better detect when AI has been used to alter a video in order to mislead the viewer. The Deepfake Detection Challenge will include a data set and leaderboard, as well as grants and awards, to spur the industry to create new ways of detecting and preventing media manipulated via AI from being used to mislead others.”

Written by turbotodd

September 6, 2019 at 10:05 am

Wer Ist Das?

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Happy return to reality, for those of you in the U.S. who enjoyed a long Labor Day holiday weekend.

Thoughts and prayers go out to my friends in the Abacos, Marsh Harbour, and the Greater Bahamas who certainly did not have a great weekend due to Hurricane Dorian. What a monster, monstrous storm.

Picking back up on last week’s AI theme, I wanted to relay a story passed along by a good friend of mine. Might make you think twice about answering your phone.

Tne plot: Some crafty criminals used AI-based software to impersonate the voice of a CEO who demanded a fraudulent transfer of €220,000 this past March.

The CEO thought he was speaking with his boss, the German chief executive of his firm’s parent company, who then asked him to send the money to a Hungarian supplier, and that it was urgent and to send the money within the hour. 

The AI software mimicked the German CEO’s voice, both accent and melody, so, you know, he thought he was speaking with his boss!

As for the money, it bounced around accounts around the world faster than you can say “artificial general intelligence.”

And here I was all worried about deep fake videos…<< shakes head >> 

Written by turbotodd

September 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

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