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How "fake news" could get even worse
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-07-16 22:52:20

No. Mr Astley did not rework his song. An artist called Mario Klingemann did, using clever software. The video is a particularly obvious example of generated media, which uses quick and basic techniques. More sophisticated technology is on the verge of being able to generate credible video and audio of anyone saying anything. This is down to progress in an artificial intelligence (AI) technique called machine learning, which allows for the generation of imagery and audio. One particular set-up, known as a generative adversarial network (GAN), works by setting a piece of software (the generative network) to make repeated attempts to create images that look real, while a separate piece of software (the adversarial network) is set up in opposition. The adversary looks at the generated images and judges whether they are "real", which is measured by similarity to those in the generative software's training database. In trying to fool the adversary, the generative software learns from its errors. Generated images currently require vast computing power, and only work at low resolution. For now.

People aren't even intelligent enough to spot obviously fake nonsense written stories, and those were enough to have an impact on the US elections. The current US president managed to "win" the elections by spouting an endless barrage of obvious lies, and the entire Brexit campaign was built on a web of obvious deceit and dishonesty.

Now imagine adding fake video into the mix where anyone can be made to say anything.

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RE[17]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By Alfman on 2017-07-20 18:57:35
granmasterphp,

> Do you think it was hyperbole or not? It is quite simple.


I still have no idea what "it" is, twice now you've asserted this while neglecting to specify what you are referring to. Look, if you aren't going to add anything else to the conversation then we may as well end it here, but I'd like for you to keep the points about hypocrisy in mind the next time this comes up.
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RE[18]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By grandmasterphp on 2017-07-20 19:20:30
I find it funny you are getting upset with me simply disagreeing with you.

I haven't asserted anything twice. You are just becoming upset.

Edited 2017-07-20 19:21 UTC
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RE[19]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By Alfman on 2017-07-20 23:41:26
grandmasterphp,

> I find it funny you are getting upset with me simply disagreeing with you.

I haven't asserted anything twice. You are just becoming upset.


What gives your the impression I am upset? It just seems there's nothing more to discuss with you not clarifying your statements and I have nothing more to add. I think some of the things you've said are hypocritical, but who cares. You are entitled to your opinion just as I am. Maybe we can at least agree on that.
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RE[20]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By grandmasterphp on 2017-07-20 23:55:11
> What gives your the impression I am upset?

Because you keep on ramping up the accusations.
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RE[21]: Comment by grandmasterphp
By Alfman on 2017-07-21 06:30:19
grandmasterphp,

> Because you keep on ramping up the accusations.

You are making less and less sense.
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