Actor Jim Meskimen has released a video on YouTube giving a "deeper" look at his skills as an impressionist. The voice work is all his, but thanks to deepfake software, he also takes on the facial features of 20 celebrities -- and becomes recognizably those people. Deepfakes , video forgeries that make people appear to be doing or saying things they didn't, are the moving-picture equivalent of bogus images created with programs like Photoshop.
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Actor Jim Meskimen partnered with deepfake artist Sham00k to make his celebrity impressions a little more realistic. Meskimen and Sham00k shared the results in a YouTube video , and honestly, they're pretty remarkable. The video speaks to Meskimen's talent as an impressionist but also to the capability of deepfake software. It proves how well the tech is able to blur the line between what's real and what isn't. Though, it still takes a ton of work. According to Sham00k, the full video took just over hours of work, 1, hours of footage, , images and close to one terabyte of data to create. Sham00k released a video on his own channel showing the datasets and techniques he used to achieve the effect:. Tech companies and lawmakers have taken note. Researchers are developing tools to spot deepfakes, and Google released 3, deepfakes in an attempt to further those efforts. Facebook, MIT and Microsoft are working to fight the fakes.
What is a deepfake?
AI-generated fake videos are becoming more common and convincing. Mon 13 Jan Many are pornographic. The AI firm Deeptrace found 15, deepfake videos online in September , a near doubling over nine months. As new techniques allow unskilled people to make deepfakes with a handful of photos, fake videos are likely to spread beyond the celebrity world to fuel revenge porn. Deepfake technology can create convincing but entirely fictional photos from scratch. Similar scams have reportedly used recorded WhatsApp voice messages.
Last February, Pornhub announced that it will no longer tolerate machine learning—powered deepfake videos on its platform. The site said the videos — which feature realistic celebrity faces swapped onto the bodies of adult film actors — were a form of nonconsensual content and would be purged from the site, which averages over billion video views a year. But despite the initial pledge, celebrity deepfake porn videos continue to thrive on Pornhub. While banned material frequently slips through the cracks on large sites that allow users to upload content, the deepfake violations on Pornhub are especially flagrant. Shortly after the ban in February, Mashable reported that there were dozens of deepfake videos still on the site. Pornhub removed those videos after the report, but a few months later, BuzzFeed News easily found more than 70 deepfake videos using the search term "deepfake" on the site's homepage. Nearly all the videos — which included graphic and fake depictions of celebrities like Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Daisy Ridley, and Jennifer Lawrence — had the word "deepfake" prominently mentioned in the title of the video and many of the names of the videos' uploaders contained the word "deepfake.