A fake interview with Vladimir Putin demonstrates how convincing deepfakes could be created in real-time in just a matter of years

Business Insider | 9/19/2019 | Paige Leskin
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Deepfakes— videos manipulated with AI to make someone appear to say or do something they haven't actually said or done — have become a real concern, especially when it comes to spreading misinformation ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The advancements in deepfake technology were demonstrated this week at an MIT tech conference, where the tech was used to portray an interview in real-time with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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Deepfake artist Hao Li, who created the Putin deepfake, said at the conference that deepfakes could be "perfect and virtually undetectable" within a few years, but we're not quite there yet.

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A recent tech conference held at MIT had an unexpected special guest make an appearance: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Of course, it wasn't actually Putin who appeared on-screen at the EmTech Conference, hosted earlier this week at the embattled, Jeffrey Epstein-linked MIT Media Lab. The Putin figure on-stage is, pretty obviously, a deepfake: an artificial intelligence-manipulated video that can make someone appear to say or do something they haven't actually said or done. Deepfakes have been used to show a main "Game of Thrones" character seemingly apologize for the show's disappointing final season, and to show Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appearing to admit to controlling "billions of people's stolen data."

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The Putin lookalike on-screen is glitchy and has a full head of hair (Putin is balding), and the person appearing on-stage with him doesn't really try to hide the fact...
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