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#018 And the Future Begins.

posted 5 Feb 2018, 10:04 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 5 Feb 2018, 12:18 ]
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." - Winston Churchill 
Half a year ago I made a post about how in the future technology would make solving crimes difficult, #005 Evidence, an now recently, the news was filled with articles like this, about how face-swapping is now used to realistically put celebrities into scenes they didn't actually appear in. Now while this may be unethical, its not technically illegal (for now), but I have to ask the question of when will some genius figure out that there are far less legal things that this technology can be used for. The application used is freely available, and some people have got Hollywood quality results, mostly swapping Nicolas Cage into various different Movie Scenes (As the internet generally does when given a piece of software that could be extremely important). 

One use could be to commit a crime and video it. Then simply map some photos from the victims Facebook feed, and you have a video of the victim apparently committing a crime. You could also use this the other way like I said in #005 to prove someone was at a certain location at a time. There's quite a lot of legal implications with this, so if it turns out there are a lot of people who realise how this can be used, there would need to be some precautions and laws around something like this. 

For now,  if you look close you can probably tell if its fake. But how long till that isn't the case? How long till the human eye can no longer tell mapping issues from natural imperfections in a face? How long till someone uses this application for something more serious? When that happens, I'm gonna be the first one to say Told you so.

Anyway, Thought Over,


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AI used to face-swap Hollywood stars into pornography films

This was made by a random person with a free program: