F for Fake. No, not the 1973 Orson Welles movie by the same name, but rather deepfakes – one of the scarier AI derivative technologies.
Samsung’s “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning” models could render a video of you from a single profile photo. Researchers at Samsung’s Moscow-based AI research center have developed a “deep convolutional network” capable of producing a deepfake video from a single profile pic. Deepfake video quality improves as additional pics are introduced to the model.
This gets a bit scary when you consider the implications of weaponizing deepfake videos. From discrediting and/or persecuting political opponents, to discrediting CEOs whom activists may wish to expunge from the companies they run, to various fraud-related use cases. The latter example is a very real threat, particularly as we move to facial recognition as a source of payment authentication and digital identity authentication.
Samsung’s research effort was presented in a paper called “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models” which may be accessed HERE.