Deep Fakes Get Real Fake

Rob posted this on Facebook today:

My first reaction is that I should show this to my dad before he starts getting forwarded emails containing a video of Obama from an underground bunker in DC where he intends to stage a coup. Someone already sent him that email, un-ironically, but without a video. Add the video in and we may be flying under the BS radar of mainstream, intelligent people who might happen to lean a little bit to the right.

Here’s a video from the BBC talking about how this kind of thing is made:

At the end of it, the researcher mentions that once you know how to make one of these, you can then use technology to spot an edited video.

I do worry whether or not people will listen when they’re told they’re looking at a fake. Or when a real video is dismissed as fake.

“Listen, I know you think the FBI is dosing gun owners with LSD and conscripting them into UN drum circles, but a researcher named Dr. Fancy Pants at the University of Blue State ran a sophisticated algorithmic test on that video, and … wait … where are you going?”

Watch your step…there’s rough footing ahead.