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Mon Sep 7, 2020, 09:57 AM

Microsoft launches a deepfake detector tool ahead of US election - TechCrunch

Wow. Part of something called "Reality Defender 2020"

https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/02/microsoft-launches-a-deepfake-detector-tool-ahead-of-us-election/

Natasha Lomas @riptari

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Although its blog post warns the tech may offer only passing utility in the AI-fuelled disinformation arms race: “The fact that [deepfakes are] generated by AI that can continue to learn makes it inevitable that they will beat conventional detection technology. However, in the short run, such as the upcoming U.S. election, advanced detection technologies can be a useful tool to help discerning users identify deepfakes.”

This summer a competition kicked off by Facebook to develop a deepfake detector served up results that were better than guessing — but only just in the case of a data-set the researchers hadn’t had prior access to.

Microsoft, meanwhile, says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset, which it notes are “both leading models for training and testing deepfake detection technologies”.

It’s partnering with the San Francisco-based AI Foundation to make the tool available to organizations involved in the democratic process this year — including news outlets and political campaigns.

“Video Authenticator will initially be available only through RD2020 [Reality Defender 2020], which will guide organizations through the limitations and ethical considerations inherent in any deepfake detection technology. Campaigns and journalists interested in learning more can contact RD2020 here,” Microsoft adds.

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swag Sep 2020 OP
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Response to swag (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2020, 10:36 AM

1. Good step. Not sure the kool ade drinkers will pay attention though

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 06:05 PM

3. I don't know anyone except here on DU that even think "Deepfakes" are a real thing.

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Response to The Mouth (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 06:35 PM

4. Really? That's kind of scary.

I think a lot of us here are older. My son takes everything on the internet with a grain of salty. Younger people are a lot more on top of this kind of stuff.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 8, 2020, 09:32 PM

5. DU, as much as I like it, as almost the definition of a 'bubble'

The average poster here is far better informed, and far more liberal (obviously there is a correlation), than the average voter except in perhaps the most highly educated of districts. People can't, or won't wrap their brains around the fact that Trump's America is 20-30 percent of the population, and that a larger percentage than that did *NOT* want America "fundamentally transformed".

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Response to swag (Original post)

Mon Sep 7, 2020, 02:17 PM

2. Mr Fake News is gonna use it

You just know he will.

It will probably be inept and discovered, but it plants those Trump seeds of uncertainty and insanity that he seems to enjoy.

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