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Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images Is Unveiled by Jigsaw | NEW YORK TIMES

‘Reporters can feed images into Assembler, which has seven “detectors,” each one built to spot a specific type of photo-manipulation technique.’ Google subsidiary Jigsaw has developed a tool to help newsrooms detect deceitful images, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES. Called…

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This Nixon Deepfake Is an Alternate Reality Where Apollo 11 Fails | POPULAR MECHANICS

“Our goal was to use the most advanced artificial intelligence techniques available today to create the most believable result possible—and then point to it and say, ‘This is fake; here’s how we did it; and here’s why we did it”…

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How do you spot a deepfake? A clue hides within our voices, researchers say | NBC NEWS

‘It’s meant to work quickly out of fear that a viral deepfake will need almost immediate identification and response.’ ‘Soft biometrics’ may help distinguish real video from imitations, says a research team at University of California, Berkeley. They’ve studied hundreds…

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Facebook AI Launches Its Deepfake Detection Challenge | IEEE SPECTRUM

Facebook AI is releasing 100,000+ videos as a training set for its $10 million challenge to help detect deep fakes. Each video presents real people with a fake counterpart. The challenge is to create automated tools that can identify deceitful…

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Researchers identify seven types of fake news, aiding better detection | PHYS ORG

‘False news tends to be less grammatical and less factual, with greater reliance on emotionally charged claims, misleading headlines and so on.’ Penn state researchers hope more precise definitions of ‘fake news’ will assist further research, improve detection measures, and…

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The biggest threat of deepfakes isn’t the deepfakes themselves | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

‘The mere idea of AI-synthesized media is already making people stop believing that real things are real.’ Undermining trust in media is a greater danger than actual deception, says a detailed study of misinformation by Deeptrace Labs, a cybersecurity firm…

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Google releases videos to help researchers create better ‘deepfake’ detection tools | SILICON ANGLE

‘Google’s videos should be useful, since many of them appear to be incredibly realistic, especially to users who have no point of reference.’ Google is adding to a growing effort to combat deepfakes, reports SILICON ANGLE. Concerns are mounting about…

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OpenAI has released the largest version yet of its fake-news-spewing AI | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

‘…after careful monitoring, OpenAI had not yet found any attempts of malicious use but had seen multiple beneficial applications, including in code autocompletion, grammar help, and developing question-answering systems for medical assistance.’ CONTEXT GPT-2, a text-generating AI model, created headlines…

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Nvidia just made it easier to build smarter chatbots and slicker fake news | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

‘…it’s likely to be a long while before machines can really converse with us. Language is deceptively difficult for machines to make sense of, in part because of its compositional complexity: words can be rearranged to unlock infinite meaning.’ US…

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Which Face Is Real? | Bergstrom & West

Practice your fake-spotting skills in this DIY drill. It’s from a university course named ‘Calling Bullshit’ at University of Washington. Each face-off pairs pictures from two databases: Real images from Flickr, fakes from thispersondoesnotexist.com, a demonstration site that shows images…

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AI tool that can spot text written by a machine could spell the end of fake news, false reviews and phoney social media accounts | DAILY MAIL

‘According to results of their own research, (the system) helped to improve the detection-rate of forged text from 54 percent to 72 percent’  Computer generated text has ‘tells’ that distinguish it from human writing, reports THE DAILY MAIL. Researchers at…

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‘A perfect storm’: The Wall Street Journal has 21 people detecting ‘deepfakes’ | DIGIDAY UK

Deep fakes could become more sophisticated in the 2020 U.S. election and that has the Wall Street Journal on a proactive footing, reports DIGIDAY UK. ‘We decided it was a threat to our news gathering process,‘ says WSJ R&D chief…

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Introducing The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video | WASHINGTON POST

The Washington Post says manipulated media comes in three forms: Missing context Deceptive editing Malicious transformation The Post provides a special page with examples of each as part of it DIY guide to detecting fakery in news content and sourcing….

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Krishna Bharat: Impact of AI on journalism and democracy | GEN SUMMIT 2019

Runs 29:34 Keynote talk by Google news founder Krishna Bharat at the 2019 Global Editors Summit. Bharat says journalism is the ‘immune system of democracy.’ AI tools will benefit the practice of journalism — and by extension, democracy — but…

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Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’ | THE WASHINGTON POST

The ability to create synthetic videos outweighs detection methods by ‘100 to 1’, according to a digital forensics professor at UC Berkeley quoted in THE WASHINGTON POST. The US public is not ready for the possible consequences of deepfakes in…

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You can train an AI to fake UN speeches in just 13 hours | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

‘The researchers conclude that a greater global effort is needed to work on ways of detecting and responding to AI-generated content.’ With $7.80 in computer time and 13 hours of human effort, two UN researcher coaxed an AI system to…

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Six lessons from my deepfakes research at Stanford | MEDIUM

10,000 deepfakes may be circulating online, as ‘synthetic media’ keeps getting easier to make and harder to detect. Writing in MEDIUM, Tom Van de Weghe, a foreign correspondent for VRT, summarizes his research about deepfakes while he was a Knight…

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How Reuters is training reporters to spot ‘deepfakes’ | DIGIDAY

DIGIDAY UK reports how Reuters created its own fake video to test its in-house verification team and step-up its ability to detect deepfakes. ‘In the last two years, Reuters has doubled the number of people who work on verifying video…

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Why AI is a threat to democracy—and what we can do to stop it | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

‘The problem is our technology has become more and more sophisticated, but our thinking on what is free speech and what does a free market economy look like has not become as sophisticated.’ Futurist Amy Webb MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW interviews…

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WaPo Editorial: A reason to despair about the digital future – Deepfakes | THE WASHINGTON POST

‘The ability to use machine learning to simulate an individual saying or doing almost anything poses personal and political risks that societies around the world are ill-equipped to guard against.’ IN THE WASHINGTON POST the editorial board warns that algorithm-generated…

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How to recognize fake AI-generated images | MEDIUM

‘Here are some things you can look for when trying to recognize an image produced by a GAN.’ MEDIUM provides several examples of ‘tells’ for fake imagery. They include incongruous backgrounds, asymmetrical body parts, peculiar hair treatments, and others. SEE…

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How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes | NEIMANLABS

“Raising awareness in the newsroom about the latest technology is critical,” said Christine Glancey, a deputy editor on the Ethics & Standards team who spearheaded the forensics committee. “We don’t know where future deepfakes might surface so we want all eyes…

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It’s Getting Harder to Spot a Deep Fake Video | BLOOMBERG

Runs 2:59 Report by Bloomberg News.

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Tom Kent: Fake news is about to get so much more dangerous | THE WASHINGTON POST

‘Society now has to learn that video no longer guarantees reliability. Instead, it could be the biggest lie of all.’ IN THE WASHINGTON POST Tom Kent sounds an alarm for media companies to increase care with 3rd-party video. His warning…

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What to Watch for in the Coming Wave of “Deep Fake” Videos | GIJN

…“deep fake” videos can be surprisingly convincing, and the software to make them has emerged rapidly’ As algorithms for image and audio processing become more powerful, so does the ability to use them for deceit. Manipulation techniques applied to video…

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