Fake Truth Thursday


In an age of Photoshop, filters and social media, many of us are used to seeing manipulated pictures – subjects become slimmer and smoother or, in the case of Snapchat, transformed into puppies.

However, there’s a new breed of video and audio manipulation tools, made possible by advances in artificial intelligence and computer graphics, that will allow for the creation of realistic looking footage of public figures appearing to say, well, anything. Trump declaring his proclivity for water sports. Hillary Clinton describing the stolen children she keeps locked in her wine cellar. Tom Cruise finally admitting what we suspected all along … that he’s a Brony.

This is the future of fake news. We’ve long been told not to believe everything we read, but soon we’ll have to question everything we see and hear as well.

For now, there are several research teams working on capturing and synthesizing different visual and and audio elements of human behavior.

Software developed at Stanford University is able to manipulate video footage of public figures to allow a second person to put words in their mouth – in real time. Face2Face captures the second person’s facial expressions as they talk into a webcam and then morphs those movements directly onto the face of the person in the original video. The research team demonstrated their technology by puppeteering videos of George W Bush, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

@ TG


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9 Responses to Fake Truth Thursday

  1. Den says:

    I was aware this would become an issue many years ago as soon as Hi-def came on the scene, now with 4K it is even worse not knowing if what your eyes see is the truth or a put together video by nefarious characters trying to influence you one way or another.

    An effort to clamp down on the internet would leave us with fewer choices for seeking the truth further limiting our ability to discern what is actually happening.

    Uncertain times ahead, be aware of the manipulative vulnerability in our media and act accordingly to seek the truth.


    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      I’m soooo tired. Bob and didn’t sleep all night. After ditching the Norco, the constipation left him and he called me to take him to the john every half hour, or sooner. Sometimes just as I started to fall asleep.

      That passed and today was a lot better except when Jill and some friends were here he complained about his back and I was talked into giving him a half of a Norco. An hour later he wanted the other half. He laid down, back in the LR to visit and he announced he NEVER wants another Norco. That one damn pill brought back the constipation. *sigh *

      I was happy he said that, I really don’t want him to take that type of drug again.

      Other than that, today was much better although the breathing is still rough. At least his confusion has totally lifted and he ate his whole burrito for breakfast and drank his cup of coffee. He’s only had a little bit to eat since and I don’t like that, but all in all, the worst from a couple days ago has passed.

      end of report


  2. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    After all the company left, after I made my stupid salads, after I tended to Bob, after we ate something, after Bob tried the john again and then laid down, I FINALLY got to check out MSNBC to see what Trump might have pulled today. Oh, my goodness! The republicans told him no way they’ll allow him to try to replace Sessions during a recess. Ha! I love the hand slap, even if someone can pick it apart to point out its flaws. It made me happy to see Trump little hand slapped.

    Scaramucci is another Trump and has no class. They are a perfect fit.

    Military commanders said no way they’re going to ban transgender people. Well, until Trump clarifies what he meant. As if Trump has any kind of actual brain, or plan. Another slap to his other little hand. Kind of a good day out there.

    Now to make my internet rounds and catch up on Facebook. Hope to be back later.


  3. Den says:

    I’m glad Bob is doing better, easier on you, watch the pharma’s and know the side effects, a better disposition beats the hell out of constipation, some pills cause the squirts and others block the flow. Fermented food needed to straighten the innards back out again,


  4. David B. Benson says:

    A slow 54 minutes to the Birch & Barley as I frequently stopped for a pause in the shade when such was available.


  5. Den says:

    A Republican deck chair on the Titanic:


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