Somebody deepfaked Mark Zuckerberg and Kim Kardashian

Deep fake technology became a talking point last year when a convincing video of Barack Obama was circulated around the internet.

Since then, it’s been refined and improved. And now Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Kim Kardashian have both been given the treatment and posted to Instagram.

As discussed by futurist Richard Watson, deep fake technology ‘is the use of deep learning – a branch of machine learning or artificial intelligence – to marry digital images with fake or forged audio files. In other words, Deep Fakes use technology to put words into somebody’s mouth.’

These videos were created by artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, who say they modified a 2017 video statement that Mark Zuckerberg gave on Russian interference.

And Facebook has already confirmed that the doctored videos of Zuckerberg and Kardashian will remain on Instagram.

‘We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram,’ a spokesperson for Instagram told Motherboard. ‘If third-party fact-checkers mark it as false, we will filter it from Instagram’s recommendation surfaces like Explore and hashtag pages.’

As with the Zuckerberg video, the one of Kardashian was made with video dialogue replacement (VDR) technology developed by a company called CannyAI. Rather than use a digitized sampling of the subjects’ actual voices, the artists employed professional voice actors to provide speech.

Both videos were created as part of an exhibition called Spectre that ran at the Sheffield Doc Fest this week.

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