Deepfake Videos Could Become Undetectable Within the Next 2 Years, Experts Say

“You now have an emerging technology that has a much greater capacity for persuasion,” law professor Robert Chesney says

Last Updated: February 15, 2019 @ 2:08 PM

Deepfakes are about to get a lot tougher to identify. Within the next two years, digitally manipulated videos will likely reach a point where they’re undetectable to the naked eye, according to Siwei Lyu, head of the computer vision and machine learning lab at the University of Albany.

And that threatens to create a headache for nearly everyone from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. “This is about whether we can trust individual media that is propagated on the internet,” Lyu told TheWrap. “We’ll have information, but we cannot trust it, so it’s the same as not having any information at all. This is an issue that everyone should be concerned about.”

For those unfamiliar, “deepfakes” are videos that use artificial-intelligence tools to engineer bogus clips that appear real, often superimposing the face of one person onto another person. Other times, the lips and voice of someone are manipulated to look like they’re saying something they didn’t actually say.

Here’s a disturbing yet innocuous deepfake from last month that added Steve Buscemi’s face to Jennifer Lawrence’s body:

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