Post by b flanier
What with some here (and they know who they are) with their
shorts in a bunch attempting to unravel trVth from falsity
take the easy way out and label almost everything "fake" news,
it might be useful to ask if there are also "fake" photos?
Oh sure, there are "photoshopped" photos certainly-we know
about them but did you see the photo of two Trump supporters
who were spotted at the president’s last rally, in Ohio,
“I’d rather be Russian than a Democrat.”
That’s an interesting data point. It's something to think
about when you vote for Trump.
I'm not sure what point you are attempting to make. Fake news and
related fake photos and fake audio are a serious problem, especially in
an increasingly divided country.
A couple of stories from my personal experience. Back in the '90s I had
the experience of working with a very good sound engineer to "clean up"
the audio in my narration in a video promoting a project that I was
working on. This guy was really very good. He would pull out an "s"
sound from one part of the audio and replace another part to make it
better. This was over 25 years ago! It was a pleasure working with him
and to observe his skills in producing a top quality product. The
technology has improved a great deal since then as evidenced by the work
of a Canadian company, Lyrebird. They claim to be able to produce audio
recordings of speech that was never actually spoken and their examples
are pretty impressive. https://lyrebird.ai/ There is a sample of their
work where the "voices" of Trump, Obama, and Clinton are used to promote
their product in the following Scientific American article about the
Secondly, I used to be pretty good with Photoshop and had occasion to
use it to punk a friend of mine. He had gone to a lot of trouble to
assemble a slide show that he intended to use in a roast of his wife on
her 60th birthday. He asked me to take care of running the computer and
projector. I thought that he was being a little rough on her and took
advantage of his trust by adding a slide in his carefully prepared work
which included his face on the body of an overweight super hero. It got
a good laugh and he recovered from the surprise quickly. We remained
good friends. This was pretty simple but is an example of how an
amateur could create a fake photo using Photoshop fifteen years ago.
The technology has continued to advance. A Los Angeles startup out of
USC claims to be able to produce life-like avatars from a single selfie.
https://www.pinscreen.com/. A second research project at the
University of Washington demonstrated the ability to realistically
synthesize video from speech. Their example shows Obama video that is
synthesized compared to the actual video - pretty impressive!
This presents all sorts of ethical problems. If you cannot trust your
own ears and eyes, what can you trust? There are legitimate
applications of this technology, but the potential for misuse for
nefarious purpose is evident.