Samsung has recently demonstrated a new feature that allows video clips to be created by people who speak with just one photo. An explanatory video culminated in an example of a convincing talking Mona Lisa. This is a significant advance in deepfake technology.
Deepfake technology refers to the use of A.I. A method of exchanging a face in a video for someone else's body. Exchanging faces is easy in photos, but much more difficult in videos, and usually requires many sample photos of a target face.
This limitation alone is the reason why Deepfake videos are usually from celebrities, such as For example, a compilation of films starring Nicholas Cage is inserted.
Samsung has further developed the technology. Instead of relying on many images of a person, they can now create videos from a single image or even a painting. It is not very convincing yet. You can easily see that something is wrong, but with just a few photos, the illusion begins to take hold. Over time, the company will probably also improve the results.
The whole thing is fascinating and easily scary. Every technology is a tool. you could use it well or badly. For example, movie studios use Deepfake technology to seemingly bring actors back from the dead, as in "Star Wars: Rogue Squadron." But we have the internet, so the technology can and will be used for terrible things too. It is still in its infancy, so you do not yet have to retrieve all your photos from the internet. [CNET]
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But this is no ordinary asteroid; It is a moon. Asteroid 1
If you miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse this weekend, you'll have to wait until 2036 to try again. And do not worry, the dynamic duo should not be closer than 3 million miles away. So you do not have to wrap up for Armageddon. At least not this weekend. [Futurism]