This crazily realistic video forgery of Obama was generated by a lip-syncing AI

Why it matters to you Jaw-dropping tech demo shows off the amazing (and, frankly, worrying) power of artificial neural networks. Regardless of which side of the political aisle you sit on, chances are you’ve got some strong opinions on “fake news.” Whether it’s comments taken out of context, or quotes being outright fabricated, fake news is a frustrating byproduct of today’s twenty-first century news cycle. Well, we’re sorry to tell you that things are about to get much, much worse! At least, that’s based on a frankly crazy demonstration of artificial intelligence carried out by computer scientists at the University of Washington. Using a cutting-edge artificial neural network, they’ve developed an AI that’s able to produce new video footage of former President Barack Obama speaking, which perfectly matches recorded audio of him. “We developed an algorithm that can generate a believable video of Obama from his voice, based on a recurrent neural network that learns how to do this by analyzing hours of Obama’s weekly address footage,” Dr. Supasorn Suwajanakorn, a researcher on the project, told Digital Trends. “Unlike prior work, we never require the subject to be scanned or a speech database that consists of videos of many people…


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