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Niner in Focus: Kyle Shanahan is deep into his bag of tricks

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This creepy ‘haunted’ Zoom call uses deepfakes to put words in your mouth — and serves as a powerful warning about the threats posed by cutting-edge misinformation techniques

this creepy ‘haunted’ zoom call uses deepfakes to put words in your mouth — and serves as a powerful warning about the threats posed by cutting-edge misinformation techniques

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Filmmakers have created a chillling interactive video that features looming figures in a video conference and deepfakes of viewers. 
The on-screen experience creates a videoconference call in which a figure appears behind viewers, and viewers appear to say things they didn’t as their likeness is manipulated. 
The filmmakers say the project shows how easily deepfakes can be created, representing a real cybersecurity concern — this kind of technology can be used to spread misinformation in ways that have never been seen before.
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In a creepy Halloween online experience, videomakers have created a self-described “interactive Zoom horror film” that uses the very familiar 2020 setting of a video conference call to make a figure loom behind viewers onscreen, and re-create viewers saying things they didn’t say. (The faked dialogue starts off with just small talk, but builds to a twist I won’t spoil here.)Filmmakers Jason Zada and Jason Nickel created the website where viewers can take part in a video that is something of a sequel to a 2011 film that connected viewers via Facebook and pulled their personal data into the story. That video, “Take This Lollipop,” generated hundreds of millions of views.The 2011 digital …

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Aaron Jones out Week 8 vs Minnesota Vikings

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The Green Bay Packers have ruled out running back Aaron Jones for Week 8’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Packers’ RB Aaron Jones ruled out for Sunday vs. Minnesota.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2020

Fantasy Impact
All I can say is that if Jamaal Williams is on your waiver wire, add him right this second. Also, if Davante Adams doesn’t go for 200 yards receiving this week, I’m going to be very upset.

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Artificial Intelligences make deepfakes so well even other AIs can’t spot them

artificial intelligences make deepfakes so well even other ais can’t spot them

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Artificial Intelligences are now so good at creating ultra-realistic deepfake videos that not even another AI can detect the deception. Researcher Nina Schick, whose book Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse: What You Urgently Need To Know is an urgent wake-up call about the danger to democracy posed by AI, tells Daily Star Online: “Humans will never be able to detect deepfakes… it’s already there – to the naked eye they’re perfect.” And even AI tools won’t be able to spot the fakes. She warns: “You might get to the post where the generators are so perfect that even an AI won’t be able to tell the difference between a real video and a fake video. “That’s already the case with text written by artificial intelligences. No-one can tell…”

Nina Schick warns deepfake technology is so perfect humans can’t spot it – and it will soon fool AIs too
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A “Swiss security analyst” named Martin Aspen was behind the alleged leak of secret data from Hunter Biden – son of US vice-president Joe Biden. But “Martin Aspen” and his company don’t exist. The photos of Aspen were – as …

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McAfee CTO offers 6 cybersecurity warnings ahead of election

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Steve Grobman, chief technology officer at McAfee, has six cybersecurity warnings for all of us as election day approaches. This is in keeping with what Grobman has consistently done over the years. He looks at the million little cyber threats that McAfee sees every day and tries to extract a big picture warning for the rest of us, whether it’s about AI’s effect on cyberattacks or the dangers of deep fakes.
He has studied the impact of cyberattacks during the 2016 election, and he is once again concerned about how the American electorate could be swayed by false information. I talked with Grobman this week about his concerns.
He pointed to the Hunter Biden controversy as a good example. Grobman said we should be wary of the “hack and leak” disinformation campaign. Some information about candidate Joe Biden’s son is legitimate. But he warns that “fabricated information can be intertwined with legitimate information that has been stolen.”
He added, “Because the legitimate information can be independently validated, it gives a false sense of authenticity to the fabricated information.” Be prepared for that disinformation to only grow in the coming days. Grobman wants us all to vote, but he …

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Danielle Citron: What Happens In A World Where Fake Becomes Real?

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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Warped Reality Deep fakes are taking over the Internet—distorting our perception of what’s real. Law professor Danielle Citron explains how deception online not only harms people, but also our democracy. About Danielle Citron Danielle Citron is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law. She is vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit combatting privacy-invading online abuse that undermines civil rights and civil liberties. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy and on the advisory boards of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society and Teach Privacy. She is also the author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, a book about the importance of sexual privacy and how we should protect it. Danielle Citron received a BA from Duke University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

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Satire from South Park creators shows how eerily real deepfakes already are

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The year is 2020 and Fred Sassy is a reporter for the Cheyenne News at 9, a local TV station in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Fred is looking out for the consumer, and this week, he’s uncovering the truth about deepfake videos. Except Fred is Donald Trump in a cheap costume and a wig.

Fred is himself a deepfake, produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of “South Park”. Welcome to 2020, where everything can be faked.

Deepwhat?

Deepfakes are sophisticated forms of image or video forgery in which the actor’s appearance is changed to resemble someone else. It’s a form of synthetic media with serious implications for the future. Just think how much we’re dealing with fake news — and that’s in written form; what if the next generation comes in audio or video format? The scariest part is that this technology is already here.ADVERTISEMENT

To see just how real deepfakes can be, you need look no further than the viral video “Sassy Justice”. Fred Sassy, the spitting image of President Trump, is here to tell you all about it. See, I could ramble on for a thousand words about the dangers of deepfakes and how experts …

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Spotting Deepfake Videos

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These kids are taking a test to see if they can spot the difference between a real video and a deepfake.KID: It Looks like the face matches the body quite well.KID: I’m not sure the skin tones a bit weird.KID: I don’t know do you reckon that face matches the body though?KID: I don’t know, but I honestly don’t even know.KID: it didn’t kook as weird as the other one.Wait this one. It looks more like pixelated.KID: Yeah but the facial expression looks more bland in this one.CALE, REPORTER: If you haven’t been on the internet or you’re still wondering if Home Stallone was an actual blockbuster, a deepfake uses artificial intelligence to basically swap out one person’s face for another, often to make them say or do things that are completely out of character. And even though a lot of these videos are obviously ridiculous in others the line between what’s real and what isn’t is becoming rather pixelated. Last year Facebook challenged coders to develop an algorithm to automatically detect a deepfake. Of the thousands of algorithms submitted the best had a success rate of about 65 percent.DR. SIMON CROPPER, …

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Kanye West got Kim Kardashian a hologram of her late dad for her 40th birthday

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Kim Kardashian West’s very un-relatable 40th birthday experience continued on Thursday when her husband of six years, Kanye West, gave her a hologram of her late father as a gift.The reality star shared the video to Twitter of her father, famous lawyer Robert Kardashian.”For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad,” she wrote in the caption. “It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion.”For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. ✨🤍 It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion. pic.twitter.com/jD6pHo17KC— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2020 In the video, the deep fake of the late Robert Kardashian — who died in 2003 — sings his daughter’s praises.”I’m so proud of the woman that you’ve become,” the hologram says. “Most impressive is your commitment to become a lawyer and carry on my legacy. It’s a long and hard road but it’s worth it and I’m with you every step of the way.”The hologram also says …

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How a fake persona laid the groundwork for a Hunter Biden conspiracy deluge

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One month before a purported leak of files from Hunter Biden’s laptop, a fake “intelligence” document about him went viral on the right-wing internet, asserting an elaborate conspiracy theory involving former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and business in China.The document, a 64-page composition that was later disseminated by close associates of President Donald Trump, appears to be the work of a fake “intelligence firm” called Typhoon Investigations, according to researchers and public documents.The author of the document, a self-identified Swiss security analyst named Martin Aspen, is a fabricated identity, according to analysis by disinformation researchers, who also concluded that Aspen’s profile picture was created with an artificial intelligence face generator. The intelligence firm that Aspen lists as his previous employer said that no one by that name had ever worked for the company and that no one by that name lives in Switzerland, according to public records and social media searches.One of the original posters of the document, a blogger and professor named Christopher Balding, took credit for writing parts of it when asked about it and said Aspen does not exist.Despite the document’s questionable authorship and anonymous sourcing, its claims that Hunter Biden has …

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