Criminal actors created and weaponised a network of DeepFakes to discredit sovereign countries

Criminal actors created and weaponised a network of DeepFakes to discredit sovereign countries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to believe what you see, hear, and read online will soon become an almost impossible job.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been talking about the upsides and downsides of Artificial Intelligence (AI) platforms that can...

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Disney just unveiled its high def face swapping tech

Disney just unveiled its high def face swapping tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Can you believe what you see online? Increasingly no, and this latest high definition “DeepFake” tech is going to make it even harder.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. How would you like to swap faces with people? Perhaps,...

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Researchers clever new filter protects your likeness from being DeepFaked

Researchers clever new filter protects your likeness from being DeepFaked

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes will be with us for the rest of eternity, and they’ll get easier to create, so in the future you may need ways to protect yourself.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Send me a photo of yourself...

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A convincing DeepFake Elon Musk just Zoom-bombed a video call

A convincing DeepFake Elon Musk just Zoom-bombed a video call

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s getting easier to create DeepFakes and use them for fun or to run scams.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Elon Musk’s SpaceX might have banned Zoom for its employees over security concerns, however, you shouldn’t be surprised if...

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Futurist Keynote, Helsinki: Future of Content and Creativity, Episerver

Futurist Keynote, Helsinki: Future of Content and Creativity, Episerver

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creativity has long been thought of as being uniquely human, but that same human creativity and ingenuity is now giving rise to the world’s first Creative Machines that are capable of creating content and innovating products.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book,...

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World leaders can rest easy for now after researchers find new ways to reveal DeepFakes

World leaders can rest easy for now after researchers find new ways to reveal DeepFakes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are now locked in a war as nefarious actors find new ways to weaponsise deepfakes and fake news, and defenders try to figure out how to discover and flag it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. An...

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First of a kind attack as criminals clone a CEO’s voice and con UK energy firm out of $243,000

First of a kind attack as criminals clone a CEO’s voice and con UK energy firm out of $243,000

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s get better at creating fake content, or synthetic content, this type of attack will be the start of a new worrying trend.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. After Google’s Duplex demonstration last year it’s clear...

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New Facebook AI de-identifies you in videos to protect you from facial recognition tech

New Facebook AI de-identifies you in videos to protect you from facial recognition tech

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Privacy is becoming a battleground, and just as we can use AI to identify people we can also use it to anonymise people.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. It might sound counter intuitive and perhaps slightly self-destructive,...

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Futurist Keynote, Romania: Live an Exponential Life, ICEEFest

Futurist Keynote, Romania: Live an Exponential Life, ICEEFest

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the rate of technology development accelerates to unprecedented levels it’s increasingly difficult for people to see what’s coming and get their heads around it all.   Firstly, it was an honour to be invited to be the keynote at this year’s ICEFest in Romania...

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Watch a $300 DeepFake that casts Will Smith as Neo in the Matrix

Watch a $300 DeepFake that casts Will Smith as Neo in the Matrix

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the ease and cost of creating high quality DeepFakes and synthetic content plunges you’ll soon see a lot more of this chicanery.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The rise of creative machines that can create decent...

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New DeepFake app lets you edit yourself into blockbuster movies

New DeepFake app lets you edit yourself into blockbuster movies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technology to create DeepFakes and synthetic content gets easier and cheaper to use it won’t be soon until people everywhere are using it.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Zao, a Chinese face-swap app that seems...

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The DeepFake tech behind David Beckham’s viral malaria campaign explained

The DeepFake tech behind David Beckham’s viral malaria campaign explained

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes can be used for both benign and evil purposes, but in this latest campaign a UK company used it to help a malaria charity for good   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The recent global campaign showing...

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Facebook’s AI clone of Bill Gates sounds like the real deal

Facebook’s AI clone of Bill Gates sounds like the real deal

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies get better at creating AI’s that can synthesise people’s voices it created new opportunities, and new problems.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. As we see more and more Synthetic Content created, including DeepFakes and DeepFake...

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Edtech company Udacity uses deepfake tech to create educational videos automatically

Edtech company Udacity uses deepfake tech to create educational videos automatically

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most online educational courses are text and graphics based, but now Udacity is using deepfake tech to automatically generate educational videos from the content.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Producing content for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms...

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Kim and Zuck get DeepFaked and go viral

Kim and Zuck get DeepFaked and go viral

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DeepFakes might look fun but as the technology to create them becomes more accessible they’ll become a tool that people use to undermine trust in democracy and institutions.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Mark Zuckerberg may be famed...

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“Terrifying” new AI lets you create your very own DeepFakes using just text

“Terrifying” new AI lets you create your very own DeepFakes using just text

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the barriers to creating high quality DeepFake content disappear soon we’ll all be able to create our very own DeepFakes.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) have made it far easier to...

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New Google AI creates synthetic video of “unprecedented complexity”

New Google AI creates synthetic video of “unprecedented complexity”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day AI’s will be able to create photorealistic video content of anything and everything all by themselves, this is one step in that journey.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Recently Artificial Intelligence (AI) and so called Creative...

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Samsung AI tech turns your Facebook profile photos into 3D DeepFakes

Samsung AI tech turns your Facebook profile photos into 3D DeepFakes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You don’t have to be a celebrity any longer to be turned into a DeepFake, now noone’s safe.   Recently China unveiled the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) news anchor, and Soul Machines showed off their latest and greatest “Digital Human” avatars, one of which...

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Japanese researchers unveil their stunning “full body DeepFakes”

Japanese researchers unveil their stunning “full body DeepFakes”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pandora’s Box has been opened, and very soon you won’t be able to tell what content was created by a human, and what was created by a machine.   I’ve been talking about the rise of realistic, people fooling synthetic content that’s created by machines...

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Deepfake President Trump looses itself in Eminem’s raps

Deepfake President Trump looses itself in Eminem’s raps

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In a couple of years time you won’t be able to tell what’s fake from what’s real.   We all love DeepFakes – unless that is you’re a celebrity, a news corporation, or a fan of democracy. But all that asides if you look past...

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