Eh, people will know it if I start distributing fake Donald Trump videos...
Because the stuff Donald is saying will start making some sense!
Boffins are racing towards the goal of being able to make anybody seem to say anything in video, and nobody will be able to tell whether it's real. Researchers from Stanford, the Max Planck institute and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg are showing off software that can project the movements on a face onto someone else, in …
But what's the purpose once it's fully developed? I can see a lot of uses for taped "confessions" and political smear campaigns. Maybe Max Headroom or Big Brother will be unleashed once they can figure out voices.
Yup, we'll get Edward Snowden say that he just pulled a very elaborate prank, Julian Assange will wave at us from some Ecuadorian forest .. no, wait. There is no way you will get a self respecting computer to pretend it's Julian Assange. The ego alone exceeds the capacity of anything but a supercomputer, and they're to smart.
Joking aside, this IS indeed dangerous, because it means you cannot trust any video recording. Bye bye CCTV evidence. Bye bye veracity of witness statements. Not good.
I hope it's *main* result will be to teach people to believe *nothing* digital
Because without very strong audit trail and encryption anything you see or hear could be faked.
Sorry, I don't believe you
/running away cackling maniacally ..
Ok, there are always clues and differences between real and fake.
But while this is an amazing tech (the recreation more than the facetracking), wow, that is so close to the real result compared to the low quality filmed versions we sometimes see on TV, that I worry it will be too much time to find the real vs the fake.
The facetracking though is great for a variety of reasons.
DRAT! You beat me to it!!! Porn always drives innovation (sorry, Apple) it's a given.
Celebrities as themselves, assorted movie characters, the fantasies of millions are about to become personalized. It's only another step to Running Man style face-mapping onto other bodies and you'll have custom porn for anyone.
In cleaner waters, this can become a heckuva party game!
They already use post-processing for product placement in some films, so for example when a film is released in different countries the orange juice the protagonist drinks is replaced with the highest bidder's product in each place. Now they can change what the actor says about it to include a slogan.
Also you could change a scene so that an actor seems to be singing the consumer's favourite song (see Gringo99's post above for applications of this)
So does this mean that they can pay Actors like Will Smith $5 million for his "Likeness" in men in black 7, or does it mean that he'll now earn $60 million a year as he can do 3-4 movies all at once without actually being there.
As this software gets better over time then TV Interviews could get interesting... Imagine someone else hijacking a video stream...
As other posters have pointed out, this has been a theme in some Science Fiction stories. I remember something like this in the book Rising Sun by Michael Crichton in which a character was framed for murder by means of an altered video. There was also a Battlestar Galactica episode where Baltar was framed (by who, one wonders, exactly?) for tampering with the defense master computer on the eve of the Cylon attack.
Really can't see a lot of GOOD coming from this technology, except, as one poster mentioned, we can get Humphrey Bogart doing TV ads, if you call that good.
And it's easy to see a lot of BAD things coming from this technology. It's been years since "the camera does not lie" was anything like the truth, and this new tech isn't likely to really help.
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