Tech Thursday: With these tools seeing (and hearing) are no longer believing

We are entering a new stage of fake news

People have long been manipulating pictures, but now it’s possible to create realistic looking footage of public figures seeming to say anything you want them to.

This takes so-called fake news to another level. It’s no longer a case of not believing everything you read, it’s now evolved to not being able to trust everything you hear and see as well.

With software developed at Stanford University it is now possible to manipulate video footage of public figures allowing someone else to literally put words into their mouths. Face2Face records the facial expressions of a person as they talk into a webcam and then superimposes those facial movements onto the face of the original person. The research team demonstrated their technology by manipulating videos of George W Bush, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

Watch: Obama saying anything they want him to





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