Low-cost Deepfakes are almost Identical to the real thing

There are millions of images of actor Tom Hanks on the internet. Still, none of them are like the images presented on Wednesday at the Black Hat computer security conference. 

 A researcher created plausible audio and pictures of Tom Hanks using open-source software and less than $100, to see how easily open-source software from artificial intelligence labs could be used in misinformation campaigns. A camera did not take the images; machine learning algorithms created them. 

 Philip Tully, a data scientist at FireEye, said: “People with not a lot of experience can take these machine-learning models and do pretty powerful things with them.”

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