- Deepfake video technology combines computer graphics technology with artificial intelligence to create convincing fake videos of real or invented people.
- The tech has been used to create videos of world leaders making false statements and was even demonstrated with the Mona Lisa.
- A new YouTube channel uses the tech to create wild movie mash-ups, like putting Heath Ledger’s Joker from “Batman” into another of his films, “A Knight’s Tale.”
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It’s hard to discuss so-called deepfake technology without alarming people, and that’s because it’s some creepy magic: The promise of deepfake tech is the power to create convincing made-up videos of real people.
It’s not hard to imagine how this could be misused – a video of former President Barack Obama insulting President Donald Trump doesn’t actually exist, but one was created using deepfake tech.
A new series of (thankfully) harmless videos showcases the power of deepfake tech, using Hollywood heavyweights – take a look:
1. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in “Batman” is put in “A Knight’s Tale” instead.
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2. Bill Hader doing impersonations on Conan O’Brien’s show morphs into the person he’s impersonating, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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3. The “Fight Club” scenes offer a clearer look at the personality disorder at the center of the movie.
Check it out in the video below:
4. A second scene from “Fight Club” offers another look at how the tech can be used:
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5. And finally, one more with Bill Hader — this time as Al Pacino.
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