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A celebrity deepfake roundtable with Tom Cruise and Jeff Goldblum is as weird as it sounds

The film site Collider created a deepfake roundtable discussion between Robert Downey Jr., George Lucas, Tom Cruise, Evan McGregor, and Jeff Goldblum. In the video, a celebrity impersonator provides the base performance, and then the impersonators’ faces are overlaid with the celebrities’ using machine learning technology. Deepfake videos have been popular for a while, and other deepfake producers have been publicizing their methods to promote risk awareness and make sure viewers can detect a deepfake when they see one. Deepfake technology is far from perfect, but it can be very compelling.

The Collider deepfake highlights a major weakness of deepfakes: producers can’t use the technology to create a whole character from scratch, but deepfake masks can effectively create videos that look genuine. The risks of deepfakes continue to be controversial among netizens, and many argue that this technology could be manipulated to create political fakes, causing national security risks, the vast majority of deepfakes are non-consensual celebrity pornography. The Collider video shows that deepfake methods will continue to improve and adapt over the next several years.

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