In a way, deepfakes are democratizing what Hollywood has done for years with CGI technology by putting the tech in the hands of anyone who downloads the app. 

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SwissCognitiveSo, we’ve already warned you of the dangers of deepfakes . Security experts have provided a cautionary tale that deepfakes will play a sinister role in the 2020 election. And we’ve already seen the mayhem that erupted when a Nancy Pelosi video was slowed down to make it appear like she was drunk . Though not a deepfake, the footage showcased how fast an altered video can go viral and make people question the validity of what they are seeing.

Now, to bring us up to speed, a deepfake is like a digital puppet that uses machine learning and 3D models of a target’s face, which allows you to manipulate a person in a video, as well as edit and change what he or she say. As the technology advances, these changes appear more-and-more as a seamless audio-visual flow without jump cuts.

What problems could occur with that?

Well, let’s say during election season, someone creates a deepfake of a candidate spewing racial epithets. The video could easily go viral before it could be proven to be a fake, and the damage would already be done.

In the world of deepfakes, so much attention is focused on the havoc that could potentially be wreaked by altering and/or manipulating the faces of political leaders, celebrities and ordinary people.

But that’s just the beginning. Ready for the next level of deepfakery?

There’s actually much more damage these deep learning algorithms can do to destroy people’s lives. Imagine this if you will: synthetic media technology that’s capable of creating… full-body deepfakes.

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Holy great balls of deepfake fire! Yes, it was only just a matter of time.

Before I go into the nuts-and-bolts of how this work, let’s take a breath and think of all the possible hell-raising this could cause. So, instead of breaking news reports speculating about President Donald Trump’s fabled “Pee Tape,” deepfakers could potentially create a full-body mimicry of said act and leak it, so to speak, out into the world. (Yuck.)

The seeds of full-body deepfakes were already in place back in those archaic days of August 2018. University of California Berkeley researchers presented a paper called: Everybody Dance Now. The premise of their research is how deep learning algorithms can transfer a professional dancers’ moves onto the bodies of amateurs.  […]

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